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In the News

We love to share our exciting news with you. Here are summaries of our latest accomplishments.


Arbor School has been chosen as one of six local nonprofits by Concours Live Event to benefit from directly referred ticket sales proceeds.

The Arbor School is honored to be chosen as one of the six local nonprofit organizations that will help sell and benefit from part of the ticket sale proceeds to this year's Concours Live Event being held on Saturday, November 18th. Tickets are available to attend this one of a kind motoring technology show in our office or online at  the Eventbrite page. If purchasing online please be sure to enter "AH" in the "How did you hear about.." box at the bottom of the ticket purchasing page. More information can be found here and below. 


Our own Executive Director, Wendy Blair, recently contributed a online article on the benefits of using a learning management system to the Emerging Education Tech website. 

Winter Springs, FL.- On April 24th, EmergingEdTech.com published an informative article written by our very own Wendy  Blair. Wendy goes into the benefits of a school using a learning management system and how it helps all involved including the students, parents and teachers of the school.  

Enable Communication and Collaboration With School Stakeholders With This Unique LMS by Wendy Blair

For large schools with hundreds and hundreds of students, it makes sense that they need learning and student management systems for record keeping and communications in one place, but it might not be as obvious why smaller independent schools need similar tools. In addition to organizing a multitude of aspects of school life, the learning management system (LMS) has tremendous potential that reaches far beyond daily task and information management.

Educators and school leaders might not think about technologies like an LMS as a tool that can also help build an online school community. For example, an LMS frequently enables students to have mobile conversations with their peers and teachers outside of school to ask about homework and grades; gives a place for teachers to update and manage classroom information and student information; and allows parents to stay involved and play an active role in their child’s education.

 To read the article Click Here...


Thank you to everyone who showed their support to our "Step Right Up!" fundraiser held on Saturday the 22nd!

Thank you to all of that helped with this year's fundraiser. We had a record number of donations from the local community to use as giveaways or be a part of the silent auction. We were able to raise over $4,500 dollars that will be applied to purchasing all new nulch for our playgrounds. We hope to build on this success and go even bigger next year! 

A special thank you to the Red Cypress Brewery in hosting our event, Ashlan and the entire team were very welcoming and a joy to be around. Having the event in the brewery set the tone for a great night in a really fun enviroment.

We also want to thank Dominick's Restaurant for Catering the Event, the food was outstanding.  

Below are some of the scenes from the event:


                         Great Place!                      Some of the kid's awesome auctioned artwork.          The wine and beer toss were alot of fun!      



Reserve Your Seats Today! Carnival tickest available now through the front office. 


Step Right Up! Come out for a night of fun and games at Arbor School's Annual Fundraiser on Friday, April 22nd at the Red Cypress Brewery. 


Arbor School achieves Guidestar Platinum Status with continued efforts of Transparency. 

Winter Springs, FL. – Arbor School of Central Florida today earned the Platinum GuideStar Nonprofit Profile Seal of Transparency, the highest level of recognition offered by GuideStar, the world’s largest source of nonprofit information. By sharing metrics that highlight changes Arbor School of Central Florida is making toward its mission, the organization is helping donors move beyond simplistic ways of nonprofit evaluation like overhead ratios.

"In accordance with our long-held belief in being transparent about our work,” said Executive Director Wendy Blair, “we are excited to convey our organization’s results in a user-friendly and highly visual manner. By updating our GuideStar Nonprofit Profile to the Platinum level, we can now easily share a wealth of up-to date organizational metrics with our supporters as well as GuideStar's immense online audience, which includes donors, grant makers, our peers, and the media."

To reach the Platinum level, Arbor School of Central Florida added extensive information to its Nonprofit Profile on GuideStar: basic contact and organizational information; in-depth financial information; qualitative information about goals, strategies, and capabilities; and quantitative information about results and progress toward its mission. By taking the time to provide this information, Arbor School of Central Florida has demonstrated its commitment to transparency and to giving donors and funders meaningful data to evaluate Arbor School of Central Florida.

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"I encourage you to visit our profile on GuideStar to see what we're all about," added Wendy Blair. “We’re thrilled that our GuideStar Platinum Nonprofit Profile and its associated benefits help us better communicate our organization’s exciting initiatives at a global scale."

About GuideStar:

Nonprofit Profiles The GuideStar database contains a profile for every tax-exempt nonprofit registered with the IRS. GuideStar encourages every nonprofit to claim and update its profile at no cost to the organization. Updating allows nonprofits to share a wealth of up-to-date information with the more than 7 million people who visit GuideStar to learn more about nonprofit organizations each year. Updating also allows nonprofits to share information with the more than 180 philanthropic websites and applications that are powered by GuideStar data. To reach a given participation level, organizations need to complete all required fields for that participation level. The GuideStar participation levels, acknowledged as symbols of transparency in the nonprofit sector, are displayed on all updated participants' profiles in the GuideStar database.



News Contact: Steven Smith


Arbor School named as 1 of 10 finalist for the Victory Cup Initiative

Winter Springs, FL.- Arbor School of Central Florida is excited to recieve word that it has qualified as a finalist for the 2017 Victory Cup Initiative. The Victory Cup Initiative is a platform where companies come together for philanthropic investing with a twist. This unique event is designed to provide a high-profile opportunity for charitable organizations to tell their stories, build their strategies and partner with business and community leaders to make a difference in Central Florida. Each finalist will present at the Victory Cup Event held at Rollins College on February 3rd. 

This is a great oppurtunity for smaller local non-profit organizations to tell their story to a key group of local community supporters. "We are excited to share our story of what we do and who we help with so many people at one time," explained Executive Director Wendy Blair, "The Victory Cup is ensuring the lesser known organizations that do great within the community are heard."



Arbor School of Central Florida is now using Kula to help raise donations while people shop at 100's of stores online.

            We’re so excited to announce that Arbor SChool of Central Florida is now using KULA.com as one avenue of fundraising! KULA is a fundraising platform that makes it easier than ever for you to donate simply by connecting your everyday purchases to the  Arbor School of Central Florida. A portion of each purchase is automatically donated, at no extra cost to you! 

You can start supporting us today!  By following this www.kula.com/arbor-school-of-central-florida, you can create a new account and become a supporter of our cause.  


Shop in the online or vacation mall that includes thousands of national retailers in order to earn money for our cause. If you download the shopping assistant, Chrome will automatically let you know when you are shopping at a merchant that will donate. You can activate the savings without having to interrupt your shopping session.

 We all shop online, let’s do some good while doing it.  Please help us in our fundraising efforts by becoming a supporter of Arbor School of Central Florida today.  

Thank You!

The Arbor School of Central Florida


Arbor School of Central Florida announced as 1 of 8 local Non-Profits to recieve part of Central Florida Foundation Community Grant.

ORLANDO, Fla. - September 8, 2016 - Central Florida Foundation, today announces the grants from our annual Community Investment Grant Round.

The eight projects and nonprofits to receive grants include:

   - Up to $7,400 to The Arbor Schools of Central Florida to purchase iPad minis and software and apps to enhance student learning            through integration of technology based instruction in the music and arts programs at the school.
   - Up to $12,680 to HOPE Helps, Inc. for the purchase of a commercial refrigerator and commercial freezer to keep healthy perishable          food items fres.
   - $51,000 to McCormick Research Institute for the addition of an outdoor arena and the completion of its new facility. This grant will help      maintain or increase the number of clients the nonprofit serves, and the completion of the new building will allow the nonprofit to keep        its research compliance to continue its studies on equine therapies and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
  - Up to $10,000 to Pathways Drop in Center to upgrade the laundry facility to allow the center to continue to provide laundry services to        its clients living with mental illness and increase its ability to serve new clients. Some of these clients are also experiencing                      homelessness. This facility is the only place to wash clothes for most of its clients.
   - Up to $32,000 to Seniors First for re-branding, a social media plan and a part time resource development staff member to increase its          volunteer base and diversify its funding streams.
   - Up to $20,000 to Central Florida Zoological Society for the design and purchase of educational materials for the Black Bear education        program to help educate the community on how to coexist with black bears and for the purchase of ActivPanels to provide an                    interactive experience during education programs like the curriculum programs, home school programs and summer programs.
   - Up to $5,000 to Canine Companions for Independence for training equipment to establish a hearing dog program in Central Florida to          increase the quality of life for deaf clients and those with hearing impairment.
   - Up to $30,550 to Jewish Family Services of Greater Orlando to create a computer lab for clients to job search, write resumes and fill          out applications for benefits, lifestyle and employment workshops for clients and the purchase of a new server and workstations for            staff.
The eight grants total up to a $168,630 investment in the community.

“This investment from the Central Florida Foundation to HOPE Helps, Inc., will help us provide healthier fresh food items on a more consistent basis to the nearly 300 households we serve each week,” said Joan Faulkner, chief executive officer of HOPE Helps, Inc. “Now we are able to accept contributions of fresh produce from other donors in our community.”

The Community Investment grant round is part of Central Florida Foundation’s effort to educate the next generation about investing in nonprofits. For the fifth year in a row, students enrolled in Philanthropy, Fundraising, and Social Entrepreneurship, a masters-level course in the School of Public Administration at the University of Central Florida, teamed up with mentors from the Foundation.

“The class gave me the opportunity to not only learn, but also interact with professionals in the nonprofit world in order to evaluate their programs for capacity, sustainability, and financial health,” said Keisha Moore, a graduate student at the University of Central Florida. “The guidance from the professionals at the Foundation combined with advice from mentors proved to be instrumental throughout the entire process. It was truly a rewarding experience and one that I will never forget.”

New for this year, the class partnered with students enrolled in Government and Nonprofit Accounting, a masters-level course taught by Dr. Lynda Dennis in the College of Business Administration also at the University of Central Florida. The students in the accounting course reviewed the financial statements of the nonprofits under consideration by the students in the philanthropy course. Their observations helped inform the students in the philanthropy course as they narrowed their decisions and crafted their grant recommendations.

“This was an incredible opportunity for our students to gain a deeper understanding of the investable characteristics of nonprofit organizations,” said Stephanie Krick, associate lecturer in the School of Public Administration at the University of Central Florida. “These students left this class with a whole new appreciation of the grant-making process.”

The students used Nonprofit Search to research nonprofits and present grant recommendations to the Foundation’s board of directors for approval. Mentors on this year’s committee included Rhonda Pearlman, Andrew Knutson, Lou Nimkoff and Thomasa Sanchez.

“I was so pleased to have the opportunity to mentor students from the University of Central Florida as a part of their nonprofit management master’s program,” said Andrew Knutson, president/ceo of Valhalla Consulting Services. “I am hopeful that my experience and knowledge benefited the students in some way; however, I feel I benefited from them more by hearing new perspectives, goals and philosophies that will allow me to be a better leader.”

Endowed funds at Central Florida Foundation make the Community Investment grant round possible. These permanent community assets were originally established by generous individuals whose desire was to help maintain and improve the quality of life in Central Florida. Their lasting contribution will help meet future needs of the community that could not have been anticipated when the funds were established. While these individuals have since passed away, their investments will continue on forever through careful investing and administration at Central Florida Foundation.

“Whenever you can take learning outside of the classroom, exciting things can happen,” said Sandi Vidal, vice president of community strategies and initiatives at the Foundation. “During this grant round, UCF students were able to learn how to invest in local nonprofits. The end result is that 8 nonprofits will have the ability to increase their capacity in Central Florida and the students took part in a learning experience that they will never forget. Now they understand nonprofits in a whole new way.”

About Central Florida Foundation:

Central Florida Foundation is the place for people who want to invest in their community. The Foundation serves as the region’s community foundation and is home to more than 400 charitable funds. The Foundation manages and invests funds, offers personalized service and expert giving advice, connects caring people, businesses, governments and organizations to local initiatives that build and inspire community, and empowers them to make informed decisions that make a difference now and in the future. The Central Florida Foundation works with individuals, families, businesses, professional advisors and nonprofits. For more information on the Foundation, please visit www.cffound.org.



The Arbor School of Central Florida Receives a $4,000 Grant from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation to Support Youth Literacy.

The Dollar General Literacy Foundation recently awarded The Arbor School of Central Florida a $4,000 grant to support youth literacy, part of $4.5 million in youth literacy grants awarded across the country. Given at the beginning of the academic school year, these grants are aimed at supporting teachers, schools and organizations with resources to strengthen and enhance literacy instruction.

“Our school depends on grants like this to provide a valuable education to children in our community with unique abilities who may not have access to the resources provided by The Arbor School,” says Wendy Blair, executive director, The Arbor School of Central Florida. “The Dollar General Literacy Foundation is a fantastic partner in focusing on reading education for our students.” “

The Arbor School has a personalized approach to learning for a unique and special group of individuals. The focus of the curriculum for reading and literacy include:

-Student Centered Learning - Sensory Based Classrooms
-Small Classroom Size - Staff Ratio of 1:4
- Technology Assisted Learning - S.T.E.M. Focus
- Occupational Therapy - Speech/Language Therapies

“By awarding these grants, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation is committed to making a meaningful impact in our local communities,” said Todd Vasos, Dollar General’s chief executive officer. “These grants provide funds to support youth literacy initiatives and educational programs throughout the communities we serve to ensure a successful academic year for students.”

Committed to helping increase the literacy skills of individuals of all ages, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation has awarded more than $127 million in grants to nonprofit organizations, helping nearly 7.9 million individuals take their first steps toward literacy or continued education since its inception in 1993. The Dollar General Literacy Foundation awards grants each year to nonprofit organizations, schools and libraries within a 20-mile radius of a Dollar General store or distribution center to support adult, family, summer and youth literacy programs.

The Dollar General Literacy Foundation also supports customers interested in learning how to read, speak English or prepare for the high school equivalency test. At the cash register of every Dollar General store, customers may pick up a brochure with a postage-paid reply card that can be mailed in for a referral to a local organization that offers free literacy services.

About The Arbor School of Central Florida
The Arbor School of Central Florida offers a sensory-based curriculum ideal for children with Autism, Down syndrome, PDD and other unique abilities. Let us be your child's specialized education school and see them grow significantly. Let your child discover their potential and the beauty of their environment. Bring them to The Arbor School of Central Florida. At our school, you can be confident our teachers will recognize the inherent intelligence of your child, we teach the individual to the best of their unique abilities since 2002. For more information about Arbor School, visit www.ArborSchoolFlorida.com.

About the Dollar General Literacy Foundation
The Dollar General Literacy Foundation is proud to support initiatives that help others improve their lives through literacy and education as part of the company’s mission of Serving Others for over 20 years. Since its inception in 1993, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation has awarded more than $127 million in grants to nonprofit organizations, helping more than 7.9 million individuals take their first steps toward literacy or continued education. For more information about the Dollar General Literacy Foundation and its grant programs, visit www.dgliteracy.org.


Making a Difference 

Channel 6 has a segment called Making a Difference.   This week our school was recognized for Making a Difference with our Robotics Teams. How wonderful to have them see how great this program is too.




In our first year, The Arbor School of Central Florida is ranked #40 in the state by Florida First FTC.

In an announcement today, the Florida First FTC released the 2013-2014 state rankings,  Arbor School of Central Florida has been ranked #40 out of 97 teams statewide. We are so proud of our kids of their accomplishment in their rookie year.


Students in Florida Find Inclusion in Robotics

Check out a wonderful blog on the FTC Offical Bog about our kids and their wonderful coach - Karin Fisher.




Annual Winter Music Program

The students are busy making music!  While that is a normal event at the Arbor School, right now the strains of "Jingle Bells", "Little Drummer Boy" and others are wafting through the school.   

Join us on December 17, 2013 at 1:00 PM and enjoy the musical talents of our students as they sing, drum and jingle bells!

It's sure to be an afternoon of holiday fun.

11/4/13                            Oviedo/Winter Springs Life Magazine and SALT Project

We are excited to share the wonderful article published in this month's edition of Oviedo/Winter Springs Life Magazine.  They have been such a great supporter of our school.

Check it out at  http://www.lakemarylife.com/11-13owsl/index.html

Thanks so much!


Arbor School of Central Florida is selected by The Geneva School for their SALT program 

On September 26, 2013 beginning at 9:30 AM, 11th grade students from The Geneva School will spend the day at The Arbor School of Central Florida as part of The  Geneva School’s SALT Program – Serving and Learning Together. The high school students will be paired students with Autism, Sensory Processing Disorder and Down syndrome to build and plant the school’s vegetable and flower garden, work on music skills, create art and assemble OT (Occupational Therapy) equipment for the school year. “We are very excited about this project and look forward to more cross school interaction,” said Wendy Cox Blair, Director of The Arbor School of Central Florida.

The Arbor School is located at 1010 Springs Villas Pte. in Winter Springs, Florida and serves children with Autism, Sensory Processing Disorder and Down syndrome and other special needs in grades K- 9th grade.  The students receive specialized learning, occupational therapy, speech therapy, music therapy and more in a small student-to-teacher/aide ratio.


Announcing FIRST ROBOTICS TEAMS at Arbor School

The Arbor School (formerly LifeSkills Academy) is now offering classes for students who are gifted and have a disability, mostly ASD. In order to expand students' knowledge of STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) and help create more opportunities for them after they graduate, the school is offering an after school robotics club. It is starting with 2 FIRST robotics teams, one for upper elementary and middle (FIRST Lego League) and one for upper middle and high school (FIRST Tech Challenge). As you can imagine this will be a very exciting opportunity for these students as well as groundbreaking for the ASD and robotics/engineering communities.  

As such, the teams are looking for sponsors as robotics can be expensive and the Arbor School, a non-profit, is trying not to pass the costs on to the parents. All sponsorships/donations are deductible as determined by your tax advisor. Sponsorship levels are: 0-$100 - Businesses and individuals will be recognized in team brochures along with a personal team thank you note and picture of the teams with their robots. $100-$500 - The above plus a mention on whatever multimedia the students produce (website, Facebook page, twitter account) $500+ - The above plus a spot on the back of the team t-shirts if donation received before the t-shirts are ordered (Sept '13)

Since we know of no other school offering a robotics program for students with disabilities, we anticipate publicity in the engineering and autism community. Please consider joining The Arbor School in this journey to expose more students with autism to STEM opportunities and careers. For more information or to make a donation, please visit: http://www.arborschoolflorida.com or email info@arborschoolflorida.com



LifeSkills Academy announces a new name


Winter Springs, FL; June 1, 2013.    LifeSkills Academy of Orlando has announced that it is changing its name to The Arbor School of Central Florida.  The school that was founded in 2002 has changed significantly over the past 10 years and those changes facilitated the name change.  The original mission of the school was to provide a school where students would get academic remediation as well as occupational and speech therapy for a period of 1-2 years, and then mainstream back into a more traditional educational setting.

“Over the past 3 years our mission has shifted to a long-term, academically challenging therapeutic school.  The combination of a cutting edge, academically strong program that includes speech, occupational, music and art therapies has had a tremendous impact on our students.  That impact has led us to where we are today, which is very exciting.  We now have our first 9th graders and will be adding a grade a year so that the 2016-2017 school year will have our first graduating class!  Other new programs that will be offered include a robotics club, yearbook club, chorus and art.” – Wendy Cox Blair, Director, The Arbor School of Central Florida.

With the change in our mission, it became clear that many of our students are planning  to go to college or tech school after high school.  Because of this, the board of directors and administration became very aware that the name needed to reflect the type of program now being offered at the school.  LifeSkills Academy of Orlando is now The Arbor School of Central Florida.

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If you would like more information or would like to schedule an interview with The Arbor School Director, Wendy Cox Blair, please call 407-388-1808, or email Wendy directly at wendy.blair@lifeskillscfl.com.



Congrats from Oviedo/Winter Spring Life Magazine

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Never Underestimate the Power of Sensory Based Therapy

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