A message from Ashley Williams, NECC IIP Educational Coordinator


I recently began my sixth year as a teacher at The New England Center for Children. As a teacher, small successes mean the world and we celebrate those strides every day. When I think about some of those "smaller" successes that I've experienced with my students, it brings a tear to my eye and a smile to my face!
Mary is one such student who has left an indelible mark on my heart. When Mary first came to our classroom, she would not make eye contact or answer questions. She could often be found lining up her toys and engaging in repetitive and challenging behaviors.

Four years later, the beautiful personality suppressed within her has blossomed. She now makes eye contact and navigates her way through conversations. She engages in appropriate play with toys, and has become an incredibly talented artist! It has been such a rewarding experience to watch this little girl grow, learn and develop into such an inspiring young lady. She is one of the many reasons it is easy to come to work each day.

At NECC, our goal is to recognize and open these doors for children and families whose lives are affected by autism.The success of each student is reliant upon the highest quality of professionals, ongoing training, and cutting edge research. Though today, as the costs of those services continue to rise, we recognize it can no longer be our job alone.

Today, additional support is needed to ensure that those resources are available to help children, like Mary, reach their fullest potential.

You, too, can make a difference in the lives of our students by making a gift of any size to The New England Center for Children's Annual Fund.

Mary's latest masterpiece!

With Much Appreciation,

Ashley Williams

IIP Educational Coordinator - North





To see a video of Mary and Ashley creating artwork, click here.