REACH Our Story

Chapel Haven opened its doors in September of 1972 on Chapel Street. Like many programs of its kind, Chapel Haven was created by parents who wanted to help their special needs children become truly independent.

In 1976, we moved to our Whalley Avenue location and expanded our programs, but the original spirit and mission of Chapel Haven remains.

Memberships,  Accreditations and Affiliations

  • Commission on the Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF)
  • Connecticut State Department of Education (
  • Connecticut Department of Developmental Services (DDS)
  • Connecticut Association of Non-Profits (CAN)
  • National Association of Private Special Education Centers (NAPSEC)
  • Connecticut Council of Administrators of Special Education (CONNCASE)
  • Connecticut Association for Children and Adults with Learning Disabilities (CACLD)
  • Learning Disabilities Association - National and Connecticut (LDA-CT)
  • The Woodbury Reports
  • Independent Educational Consultant Association (IECA)
  • Autism Society of CT (ASCONN)
  • Asperger's Association of New England (AANE)
  • Autism Spectrum Resource Center (ASRC)
  • Connecticut Parent Advocacy Center (CPAC)
  • Organization for Autism Research (OAR)
  • Network of Autism Training and Technical Assistance Programs (NATTAP)