Our Vision

Autism Inspired Academy applies character development and social skill development as the foundation of student growth. We exist to build students' self-confidence, self-awareness, and social abilities while exposing students to a developmentally appropriate academic program.

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Founders

Cher Harris

Cher Harris

Elizabeth Russell

Elizabeth Russell

Phillip Russell

Phillip Russell

Our History

Founded to fill a profound void in servicing students with autism in traditional public schools, Autism Inspired is revolutionizing educational structures by creating a space for students with autism to thrive.

Autism Inspired Academy began as a camp in 2017, providing 8 students with Autism an enriching and safe environment to find a sense of belonging while affording parents the opportunity to acquire quality childcare during school breaks.

A Growing Concept

This concept quickly grew from 8 to 35 students. In 2019, AIA began a pilot program for a full-time school. With a temporary space in Tampa, Principal Harris bussed 12 students to and from the school room daily, ensuring students received the unique, challenging, and appropriate AIA education that became the foundation of the future school.

In 2020, the Clearwater location opened its doors to 28 students and families, forming the AIA community of learners. Now Autism inspired Academy is comprised of 82 students and more than 25 dedicated staff members, driven to improve the lives of students.

As we grow into our newly acquired building and space, AIA is dedicated to ensuring its student-centered philosophies are the unwavering foundation of our expansion.

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Testimonials

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Leelan Sala

Parent

I tried numerous schools with my autistic son and he hated everyone of them, Every day was a battle to get him out the door.Since starting autism inspired his speech and comprehension have increased so much he was able to go into a karate class without any special needs assistance. And the biggest plus is that my son loves the school and can’t get out the door fast enough. I’ve been able to converse with the teachers and administrative staff any time I’ve had questions or concerns. I really can’t say enough good things about the school.