Access Joins the Lighthouse Family

Janine Shapiro, CCC-SLP, BCBA

Alysia, Ashley and I started Access in 2013 to create therapy programs that fuse the best practices of speech-language pathology and behavior analysis. We envisioned thoughtfully curated spaces that would inspire communication and laughter. We wanted every learner who walked through our doors to feel understood and supported as they worked to realize their potential. Access today is the manifestation of these aspirations. We now serve more than 150 families across four clinics in three cities and employ almost 200 talented, caring people.

Meeting the Maggiolis

The road hasn’t been without hurdles. Over the past two years, we’ve successfully managed the significant Anthem rate cut and COVID-19 pandemic, but these challenges divert our time and attention away from clinical matters. These events also exposed operational deficits within our organization, prompting us to seek outside guidance. This led us to Gregg and Sandy Maggioli, parents to a child with autism and owners of Lighthouse Autism Center. Over the past two years, we have turned to them for support, and they have generously provided it.

This summer, Sandy and Gregg approached us about acquiring Access so that it could benefit from the full range of Lighthouse’s management expertise. In turn, Access would share its distinctive approach to therapy with Lighthouse. After much discussion and careful consideration, we decided to officially join the Lighthouse family.

The Path Forward

Going forward, Access will mostly remain Access in name and in practice. You will likely see new signage and staff apparel that reflect our inclusion in the Lighthouse family. Rest assured, the special people that elicit smiles and provide effective treatment will continue to be your support. In fact, with Lighthouse’s investment in Access, we’ll be offering our incredible employees even better benefits and more reasons to make Access their home. In the future, as infrastructure is needed, we’ll have access to the tools, systems, and training necessary for smooth implementation.

On a personal level, the three of us will once again channel our time and energy toward the development and delivery of innovative clinical practices at Access. And when the next unforeseen challenge arises, Lighthouse’s and Access’ operational, clinical, and moral synergies will insulate our staff, learners, and families from the bumps.

It is an honor and privilege to work directly with families in our community, and we look forward to seeing our learners continue to thrive!

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