Life Development Institute (LDI) believes that a foundational standard to achieving success in transitioning to adult living lies in the active participation within education.

Often times, the theoretical information can result in a cognitive awareness of what something is or how to complete the theoretical task.  However, the one item that is often missing from only having cognitive education is the application of that theory to behaviors that display both an understanding and an ability to successfully put that understanding into practice.  As such, LDI empowers students through their continued participation in developing skills for adult living, education, and employment while maintaining healthy physical and emotional well-being and by being actively involved in the community.

Therefore, it is important to evaluate the education offered at LDI as it places theory in practical application contexts to produce independent persons who have their lives empowered to success and becoming a positive impact upon society.  To this point, LDI recognizes intricate differences among students and identifies that “one shoe fits all” is not the correct approach.  Rather, students empower themselves through active participation in their development.  Building upon individual successes and learning from missteps provides the optimal platform for courageous expression, development, and progress towards independence.  

Upon these standards, education at Life Development Institute delivers continued results and receives continued testimonies from among its students, families, staff, and community.  LDI offers this opportunity to students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), ADHD, and other Learning Disabilities through its day high school program called the Academy of Lifelong Learning, its Residential and Non-Residential program that provides both high school and post-secondary education, and its Emerging Leaders Summer Academy.  If indeed the “proof is in the pudding,” then the professional recognition alongside testimonies that have been offered clearly validate the value and exceptionality of Life Development Institute, as LDI received both recognition as a School of Excellence by the National Association of Special Education Teachers (NASET, and  reaccreditation through AdvancED as one of the top educational institutions as compared to other schools.

As LDI closes its Summer Trimester and its Emerging Leaders Summer Academy, preparation is occurring for the upcoming Fall Trimester.  This year will be launched with new students and families looking to discover what many already have – the opportunity to actively develop into independent adult living.  The launch into this unchartered territory comes wrought with expectation, anxiety, and hope.  Together, LDI’s community will work together to model what it means to have emotional and physical well-being through education and employment while engaging as vital members of the community.  If you would like to discover LDI, please call (623) 773-1545 or email