fullest possible life.
Every parent and educator hopes that their child or student
will learn, progress and succeed and go on to lead the fullest
For the past 30 years, St. Joseph's Villa has provided care and
education to children with autism and developmental disabilities.
In the early 1980's, the Villa opened the region's first weekend
respite center, and soon thereafter, the Villa began providing
educational programs to children with autism.
Today, St. Joseph's Villa provides a variety of services to help
children with autism and their families. The Sarah Dooley Center
for Autism is a school for children with autism and other related
developmental disabilities. Our teachers use ABA techniques, among
others, to deliver individualized educational programs for each
The Sarah Dooley Center also has a strong focus on providing
its students with skills to help them make a successful transition
to adulthood. Most students at the Sarah Dooley Center participate
in the Villa's Career and Transition Services (CATS) program,
learning skills that will serve them in the workplace for years
Our goal is to help students develop skills that will improve
their quality of life and will provide the greatest degree of
independence and access to the community as they transition into
We welcome you to our web site, where we hope you will learn about
our program, our people and our unique approach.