September 9, 2020

Updated: March 9, 2023

Heather Morrison, Director of Administration at The New England Center for Children (NECC), recently spoke with NBC 10 Boston about the importance of reopening schools, specifically highlighting the crucial role that in-person education plays in the development of children with autism. Morrison has led NECC’s Emergency Management Team throughout the COVID-19 pandemic crisis. Because of guidance from state officials, as well as the commitment of NECC staff to transmission-prevention protocols, NECC has been open to day school students since July. The residential program did not close down at any point, with students remaining at their NECC homes from early March through the end of August, before recently returning to campus. NECC’s commitment to student development has remained paramount despite uncertainty caused by COVID-19.

The Importance of In Person Learning for Students with Autism

Watch Morrison’s interview below and read the full article here.