Who We Are


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“My life changed the day I met my first child with autism. I have faced challenges I never imagined, yet seen gifts beyond what others ever believed were possible. I am proud to be in a profession that plays a role in enhancing the lives of individuals with disabilites and their families” 

Sarah E. DiGioia, M.S., BCBA, LBA is the Owner/Chief Executive Officer of Gateway Adaptive Services.

Sarah is a Board Certified, Licensed Behavior Analyst and Certified Special Education Teacher. She has over 20 years of experience serving individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities of all ages in schools, homes, and community settings. Specialties include naturalistic teaching strategies, treatment of challenging behaviors and treating adolescent and adult populations. Sarah has conducted trainings and in-services on autism and disability-related topics throughout the Metro DC area for school districts, families, early childhood providers, and members of the greater community. She has also presented research on adolescents and adults with autism at the National Autism Conference at Penn State University and at the annual Autism Society of America conference in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Sarah holds a Bachelor of Arts in Human Services from Elon College, a Masters in Special Education from Johns Hopkins University, and a certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis from George Mason University. She is also certified in Safety Care Crisis Management.