Dear Friends and Family,
It is with great pride that we have the opportunity to share with you our journey in educating and supporting those with special needs in our community. For over 25 years, both individually and collectively, we have been providing community-based educational, behavioral, and training services to children, adults, families, caregivers, and agencies in a variety of venues. For the last 13 of those years, we have brought together our knowledge, experience, and expertise to a unique school-based program that remains actively a part of, rather than apart from, the communities in which our constituents live, learn, work, and recreate. “Tearing Down the Walls” that separate individuals with special needs from a better quality of life®,” is the cornerstone of our effort and continues to drive our quest for expanding on the highest quality of services. On behalf of APTS® we would like to say thanks, and invite you to share in the next leg of our journey. There is no way we could continue this mission without the support of our community, and it’s because of you that we’ve undertaken this labor of love. We prize our relationship with each of you, and feel privileged that we walk together on this path.
Al and Sue

Who We Are

APTS is a private non-profit educational, vocational and behavioral consultation program for students and adults with developmental and other disabilities. Our school based program serves students from 19 counties aged 6-22 at two campuses in Alexandria and Fredericksburg, Virginia and we provide consultation services throughout Virginia and Maryland. APTS is excited to announce that it will be expanding services into Prince William County.
We have recently purchased a building in Manassas and are eager to prepare the structure to receive students in the upcoming 2015-2016 school year.

Providing Support and Training Assistance to:
 - Families
 - Treatment team members

Mission Statement
To provide students with the knowledge and practical skills essential for their successful integration into the community.

Admission Statement

Alternative Paths Training School admits students of any race, color, gender, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.

Susan Gross discovered her unique passion for supporting individuals with disabilities during her early college years.  For Al El Tagi, it began in 1986 with his participation in the Special Olympics. Years later, a mutual work experience placed them in each other’s paths, “An Alternative Path.” This set into motion a vision for what has now become Alternative Paths Training School®. “Over the years, we have been asked many times why we, here at APTS®, do such important and difficult work.” The answer has always been crystal clear; because it needs to be done. By implementing our unique behavior modification techniques we have seen the transformations that have occurred when students learn new and adaptive strategies for accessing opportunities through alternative behavioral and learning patterns while here at APTS. APTS® is not just a school but an organization that focuses on serving individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), and other developmental disabilities. “Tearing down the walls that separate individuals with disabilities from a better quality of life®” has become OUR slogan. Our students, clients in the community, and their families continue to teach us about perseverance, bravery, humor in the face of adversity, and above all, the joy found in each success. There is no story more compelling than our continued passion in assisting each person along that alternative path.

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Last Update: 03/02/2015

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