Lt. Joseph P. Kennedy Institute of Catholic Charities

801 Buchanan Street, NE
Washington, DC 20017
(202) 529-7600

The Kennedy Institute provides special education to school-aged children with developmental and other disabilities. Our early childhood educational program currently services students from birth to age 3. We also have a special education program for students ages 6 through 22. At our inclusion programs at St. Augustine’s, for kindergarten through 8th grade, and at Dunbar Senior High School for ages 13 through 22, students work toward receiving a high school diploma. Students at both programs are included in regular education classes with the support of a Kennedy Institute teacher and assistant. Our related service providers service students at both programs.

We serve students diagnosed with intellectual disabilities, significant learning disabilities, emotional disorders, autism and other related disabilities using the Success for All reading program to help students develop strong literacy skills, Key Math to enhance math skills, and the Phillip Roy program to enhance students’ independent living skills. All IEP goals are linked to personal outcomes identified for each child by the child, his/her family, or their interdisciplinary team. Our teachers and para-educators also receive support from clinical and related services staff. Services include counseling, behavioral support, speech/language services, nursing services, psychological services, and physical and occupational therapies. As much as possible, these related services support is integrated into each child’s educational program.

Students 16 and older engage in transition planning and career preparation, learning workplace skills, visiting a variety of places of employment, working in internship or competitive employment, and travel training. Graduating students are referred by transition staff to adult service providers, Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities Administration (MRDDA), and Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA), to ensure continued support and programming. Finally, our staff communicates with each student’s family or residential staff to periodically clarify expectations, celebrate accomplishments, and look to the future.