Historic Change Announcement

Dear Past/Current and Future Son-Rise Program Participant and Friend:

This is a historic time of change and renewal for the Institute. For over a third of a century, our magnificent 100-acre campus has been the home for thousands to dream out of the box, feel safe, share deeply and find peace inside. A home to help yourself, your family and your children to grow into the happiest versions of themselves while in a non-judgmental, loving environment surrounded, by beauty. Driving past Sage’s ravine, up the mountain, you may have seen the blazing foliage, the white winters, the baby geese swimming in the pond, or shared tranquil walks with your new found friends you met in the courses you attended. During this time, we have not only been your teachers and mentors but we have so dearly loved you all as you have loved us, shared deeply with us, and experienced what so many others could only dream of…. being able to grow and help yourselves, and if you’ve taken Son-Rise Programs, to be able to help your child or children develop and become the best possible versions of who they are. We have some EXCITING NEWS to share with you! It is no surprise that the world is changing to a digital platform and SO ARE WE! We have decided that the best way for us to deliver our programs, as we move into the future, is through digital technology and off-site programs. This means you will be able to attend our Option Institute/Autism Treatment Center of America programs from the comfort of your own homes while still receiving the BEST of what we have been delivering over the last 40 years. We are extremely excited about our new direction and the meaningful way we can continue to deliver our programs to more and more individuals all around the world while using the most current technology to make our programs and products more available. The availability of many digital platforms will enable us to reach far beyond the confines of a physical campus. What does this mean for our in-person, on-campus programs? We will be running programs here at the Option Institute/Autism Treatment Center of America in Sheffield, MA (USA), through August 2020. We will finish off 2019 strong with our already scheduled programs. We have also packed the 2020 calendar with many courses for you to attend. We will kick off the New Year with our final in-person, month-long Mentor Certification course; followed by several of our favorites, including the transformational Inner Strength Boot Camp program, Bears’ signature Wide Awake and the Son-Rise Program series. Please see our calendar for all the exciting programs we will be offering! This will bring us to the conclusion of our in-person programs on campus. We will continue to offer in-person Son-Rise Programs internationally. In the future, we are also planning to offer in-person programs from other locations (please contact us if you would like to sponsor a program in your area). We have seen so much success with on location international programs, that it makes sense to offer them domestically as well. This is your chance to seize another opportunity, to continue this journey (your journey) with all of us holding hands once again on this beautiful campus, which has been a setting for so much growth and development. If you have been thinking… “oh, I will come next year or the year after,” we say “how wonderful!” However, at this time, that window of opportunity is limited. We encourage you to come to 2, 3, 4 or even 5 programs in 2020. Bring someone you care about and love so you can share this amazing work with them. Bring everyone you know for the time is now. We want you (and so many others) to be a part of this spectacular transition while still offering opportunities for growth and transformation. With you, we thrive. While we have done our very best to help and support all of you – you too, have by your presence, as students and participants, helped grow what we teach in the world. Together, we have been a shining light. And for that, we are most grateful. We will be honored and excited to welcome you back for these last campus-based experiences, and of course encourage you to continue your journey with us in the digital world (and lots more to come). Return, so we can shower you with new ways of building deeper and more loving connections with those in your life…. and with yourself! Our doors are open and we want to embrace the future with each and every one of you. with love, Bears & Samahria       Bears & Samahria Kaufman/Co-Founders Option Institute® /Son-Rise Program® / Autism Treatment Center of America® P: 1-413-229-2100 | 2080 Undermountain Road Sheffield, MA, USA 01257

Click to see our 2019-2020 Program Calendar

Our Commitment to Privacy

The Autism Treatment Center of America® (a division of The Option Institute & Fellowship®) are committed to your privacy. This notice serves to help you better understand what information we collect, how we use that information, and with whom we may share a limited portion of that information. If you have questions or concerns regarding this policy, you should contact Customer Support by email psupport@option.org.

We know that you value your personal information, and we strive to protect your privacy as if it were our own. The Autism Treatment Center of America (a division of The Option Institute & Fellowship) uses of your information is limited to the ways outlined in this notice, except as required by law and/or to comply with a judicial proceeding, court order, or legal process served on us.

Information We Collect From You

  1. Online Contact and Info Requests: If you submit an online request for Option Institute products such as free brochures, or submit a question through a “Contact Us” or “Call-Me” form, we may have to gather additional information from you to respond to your request. Such information will include name, shipping address, telephone number, and email address.
  2. Non-Personal Information We Receive Automatically: Like most websites, we utilize cookies. Cookies are a mechanism to remember information about you when you navigate from one web page to another. Our website uses cookies to hold a user’s unique session identifiers, allowing us to serve correct information back to the user. Such information may include your language and currency. Our website cookies do not hold any personally identifiable information. We may use other similar technologies that allow us to collect non-personally identifiable information about your visit to help us better your experience.

Lawful Basis For Processing Your Data

  1. Consent: We will not process any personal information unless you agree to our Privacy policy and freely give consent to process your information for the purpose of your request.
  2. Fulfillment of Requests: We only store and process your information for the purpose of your request. Your information is removed and no longer processed after the request has been fulfilled. If you have also freely consented to receive marketing or promotional communications via a request form or registration form, we will retain your information until you revoke your consent or unsubscribe from receiving those communications via the instructions located at the bottom of all our emails.

Sharing of Your Data

  1. If we are required by law: we will disclose information about you in response to a subpoena, court order, or other legitimate governmental request.
  2. We will only share your data with third party service providers such as email services to facilitate fulfilment of your information or contact request. None of your information will be processed or stored by any third party if you choose to revoke your consent or submit a request to be forgotten.
  3. We do not share or distribute your information with any other third parties for any purposes other than the purposes you freely consent to.

Use Of Information Collected From You

  1. Information Requests and Customer Service: After submitting information to us via our online forms, your contact information including your email address will be used to respond to that request. After you submit online information requests to us, you may, from time to time, receive email or other communications from us or our service providers with information including information about our upcoming programs or products if you choose to agree to receive those communications. If you do not wish to receive these communications, you are able to opt out of at any time by following the unsubscribe link found in the email.
  2. Third-Party Service Providers: We work closely with other companies and individuals to facilitate transactions and better your experience. Examples of third-party service provider services include shipping orders, analyzing data, providing accurate search results and links, affiliate marketing, and newsletters. Any information that we share with a third-party service provider is done so safely, securely, and under a contractual relationship with that provider to protect your data.
  3. Promotional events: From time to time, we or a service provider acting on our behalf may use your name, email address, telephone number and/or mailing address to send you information or offers for a program, product or other service we believe to be of interest to you. If you do not wish to receive these communications, you are able to opt out of at any time by following the unsubscribe link found in the email.

Data Retention Policy

We maintain a data retention policy to protect your data. Information collected on our website will be retained for as long as necessary to fulfill the purpose for which it was collected.

How We Secure Your Information

We are committed to protecting the security of your personal information and to honoring your choices for its intended use. To prevent unauthorized access, maintain data accuracy, and ensure the correct use of information, we strive to maintain physical, electronic, and administrative safeguards. We use industry standard security protocol such as encryption and https security protocol to protect your information.
Any time we share your information with a third party consistent with this Privacy Policy, we utilize technological or contractual safeguards in an effort to keep your information safe.
While we are confident ordering online is safe and secure, if for any reason you cannot access the secure server or feel uncomfortable ordering online, please feel free to place your order with us by phone at 877-766-7473 or +001-413-229-2100.
At any time you wish to opt out of receiving promotional mailings, you may call or email Customer Service (psupport@option.org).

Your Rights

At any time, you can use the following request form https://gdpr.autismtreatmentcenter.org/ to request any of the following:

  1. Confirm whether or not personal data about you is being processed.
  2. Provide you with further details about how we process your personal data.
  3. Provide you with a copy of any data which we hold about you.
  4. Withdraw your consent to using your personal information, where we rely on your consent as a legal basis to justify using your personal data.
  5. Consider any valid objection to the processing of your personal information (including the right to object to processing on grounds related to your particular situation where we are relying on our legitimate interests as a legal basis for processing).
  6. Request to update or delete personal data which we hold about you.
  7. Restrict the way that we process your personal data.
  8. Consider any valid request to transfer your personal data to a third party provider of services (data portability).

We will consider all requests. However, certain personal information may be exempt from those requests in certain circumstances, which include a need to keep processing information for our legitimate interests or to comply with a legal obligation. If such an exception applies, we will notify you when responding to your request. Please note that we may ask you to provide us with information necessary to confirm your identity before responding.

Policy Updates

We reserve the right to update the above policy at any time. If we decide to change our Privacy Policy, we will post the updates to this Privacy Policy here and on any other place we deem appropriate, so that you are aware of what information we collect, how we use it, and under what circumstances, if any, we disclose it.