Vista’s mission is to provide services and resources on an individualized basis to assist adults with disabilities to live an independent and successful life.
Vista is a nationally known community-based educational program for adults with neurological disabilities such as autism spectrum disorders, brain injury, a learning disability, or epilepsy. Most individuals have completed their secondary education, yet they require an additional residential educational program to transition to adulthood. All of Vista's educational and support services are designed to enable the 160+ adults we serve to succeed in work and to live as independently as possible in the community.
Fulfilling everyday dreams, a meaningful job, a home of one’s own, a positive place in the world, are the goals of Vista’s programs. We work individually and closely with each student to design an appropriate program in a supportive community setting.
Vista provides experiential, hands-on instruction in vocational, life, social and cognitive skills. From the day they arrive, students are helped by program counselors and job developers to find training positions and then paid employment. Vista's job coaches help students acquire appropriate work skills and learn the social requirements necessary for competitive employment. Independent living skills such as money-management, time-management, independent travel, self-care, food-management, and household-management are also taught by Vista's life skills instructors.
Our students are drawn from all over the United States to Vista’s outstanding programs. Typically they attend Vista’s residential Entrance Program for two to three years. Following graduation, many become Vista members and reside and work in nearby shoreline towns, receiving support services from Vista as needed.
Vista’s campus includes five communities along the shoreline of south central Connecticut. These lovely New England towns provide the safe, convenient, scenic environment our students and member thrive in as they attend Vista and gain the skills to live as productive members of the community. Midway between the cities of Boston and New York, Vista’s location offers many local and regional resources and attractions, as well as proximity to metropolitan areas.
Vista is fully accredited by the National Commission for the Accreditation of Special Education Services (NCASES).