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.
Watch Morrison’s interview below and read the full article here.
About The New England Center for Children
The New England Center for Children® (NECC®) is an award-winning autism education center and research institute. Our community of teachers, researchers, and clinicians have transformed the lives of thousands of children with autism worldwide through education, research, and technology. The Center provides comprehensive services to maximize independence: home-based, day, and residential programs, partner classrooms in public school systems, consulting services, the ACE® ABA Software System (www.acenecc.org), teacher professional development, and research on educational best practices.
NECC is committed to staff professional development, partnering with local colleges to provide on-site graduate training and degrees at little to no cost to the NECC teacher. The result is a growing pool of exceptional teachers trained in best-in-class methodologies, whether they continue their careers at NECC or move on to public schools or private agencies. The New England Center for Children is based in Southborough, MA. Learn more at www.necc.org.