The mission of Kicklighter Resource Center, Inc. is to improve the quality of life of children and adults with Autism and other developmental and physical disabilities through advocacy, community awareness, family support and direct programs.
Kicklighter Academy is unique from other schools in that we offer an inclusive learning environment for young children. We teach children with and without disabilities by providing a safe, cooperative atmosphere that is conducive to learning for all students.
In 1951, five parents whose children were not receiving school services joined together to start a one room school at Forsyth Park. In 1955, the Chatham Chapter of Georgia ARC was chartered. The purpose was to provide education to children with developmental disabilities while advocating for them in the community. In 1982, the Chatham Association for Residential Services, Inc. opened its first residential project consisting of ten semi-independent apartments and a six bedroom group home. Over the next eight years, Kicklighter opened an additional ten room apartment complex and three more group homes. In 1996, the Legends Learning Center was established to provide education for children of all ability levels. In 2005, the name was changed to Kicklighter Academy in honor of Mrs. Lilla Mae Kicklighter.
The success of our organization would not be possible without the help and support of so many passionate and generous individuals. Mrs. Lilla Mae Kicklighter's dream has created significant changes in the lives of children and adults with Autism and other developmental disabilities. We are grateful for the many people who have worked to make these dreams possible!