Providing Clinical, Educational, and Vocational Services to the Greater New Orleans
Autism Community.

Chartwell Center is a New Orleans nonprofit (501c3) working to make a difference in the autism community. We are in our 20th year educating and providing clinical services to children and adults with autism. Currently, we provide a wide variety of services including Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), academic services, and vocational training.













Pieces to the Chartwell Puzzle

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Our ABA Clinic implements Applied Behavior Analysis for children ages 3 to 7 who are on the autism spectrum. We work with our children on important skill building with the goal of returning them to a mainstream classroom. One highly trained staff member works with one child, and we offer opportunities for inclusion like trips to the library, horseback riding, and other community-based activities outside of Chartwell.

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The Center is set up for children and adolescents between 8 and 21 years old who are on the autism spectrum. Here, our teachers and staff utilize the UNIQUE Curriculum in combination with ABA principles to provide a structured and safe learning environment. Staff to client ratios are between 1:1 and 1:2. Our goals in Center can range from solidifying communication systems, increasing socialization in a collaborative environment, to making strides academically.

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The PATH Program is Chartwell’s gem – unique in its service to the New Orleans community, and on the cutting edge of best practices for adults on the spectrum.  We offer services to adults, 21 and over, on the autism spectrum.  Our focus is to guide individuals to reach their fullest potential in their independent living, social, and vocational endeavors.  Our adults have been integrated into and are a part of the New Orleans community. We have jobs at local businesses that include The Marriott Hotels, Audubon Zoo, and Theo’s Pizza; as well as our own enterprise The PATH Program Dog Treats.

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Chartwell believes that education creates change. It drives what we do with our staff, the individuals that we serve, and our community. Outreach and training represent the fourth piece to our puzzle. Chartwell hosts interns from Tulane University, works with the LSU Speech-Language Pathology Program, and is always looking for new opportunities to broaden the visibility and understanding of autism in New Orleans. Please reach out for current training offerings and ways to connect with Chartwell.

What is Applied Behavior Analysis?

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is a scientific discipline that can apply across a broad range of interventions, but has been specifically proven by research to be effective for those on the Autism Spectrum. ABA is identified as best practice for the population that we work with at Chartwell, and it is the one service that is reimbursed by commercial insurance companies and Medicaid.

We utilize ABA principles to teach and maintain skills with all of our clients across multiple settings. We believe a combination of Discrete Trial Training (DTT) and Natural Environment Teaching (NET) is important in the establishment, maintenance, and generalized use of the skills our students develop. DTT is used to initially teach new skills when indicated while NET focuses on learning outside of targeted instructional time.