Community Engagement

Scroll down to view community partnerships and projects:
Museum of Design Atlanta
Lifeline Animal Project
Little Free Library in Inman Park
Connections Community Garden
Civic Engagement

The partnership between Connections and Museum of Design Atlanta (MODA) allows our students to take part in an enriching art, design, and technology education program that inspires creative thinking, facilitates development of problem-solving skills, and promotes collaboration. This program reflects the shared priorities and values of both organizations, including education, inclusion, creativity, and community engagement.

The goal of this partnership is for students to acquire 21st century skills, such as critical thinking and innovation, through on-site instruction and hands-on learning led by one of the museum education specialists. The program also includes field trips to view museum exhibitions. Considering that design has the power to make the world more inclusive, intuitive, functional, and beautiful, we at Connections and MODA believe that insights from the neurodiverse community are invaluable. We want our students’ voices to be included in design conversations and for them to have opportunities to use their intelligence and empathy to address real-world challenges. Connections and MODA engage in an ongoing exchange of resources and knowledge in hopes that the greater Atlanta community will grow more aware of neurodiversity and its benefits as well as how design can make the world a better place.

Please check out MODA’s website for information on special events and upcoming exhibitions! With access to the Design Club, our students get unlimited free admission to the museum with one adult.

The Connections students collected donations, including much needed items such as cleaning supplies and dog shampoo, and organized them to donate to LifeLine Animal Project. Students also made rope leashes by hand to donate. The project culminated with a special visit by some of the shelter dogs. Take a moment to read the inspirational story.

“I want to help society with their animals. I want to be a veterinarian. I would like to save animals’ lives. Animals are cool, and it would be great for society.” -Bo

After months of collaboration, design, and construction, the students gifted the Inman Park community with a Little Free Library! Come check out the books we love and read along with us! You can find our library, embellished with the Connections gear symbol, in front of Inman Park United Methodist Church.

Connections Community Garden
Connections students constructed a raised garden bed and now grow flowers, vegetables, and herbs for our school community. Students use the veggies and herbs to create healthy snacks in the Connections Cafe!

Our first student voter at Connections!
Click here for information on voting rights for individuals with disabilities.

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