Like his friend Charlie, Connor is a residential student at The New England Center for Children who will be participating in the upcoming virtual 5K Walk/Run for Autism presented by Avidia Bank on May 9. While Connor has been undergoing a similar training regimen to Charlie, he is running for a slightly different reason.

Whereas Charlie loves running in the 5K to try to achieve a physical goal, this year aiming to improve on his personal record time from last year, Connor loves the 5K because of the social aspect. He wants to run fast, but he also loves the opportunity to hang out with his friends and family, chatting with them and keeping each other going throughout the course. While this year that process will look slightly differently (his housemates will be socially distanced while running and he will only see his friends and family through social media) he still is looking forward to race day. 

To get involved in the social media component of the the virtual 5K, a participant can do three main things.

  1. On Facebook, post about your training or participation and use @The New England Center for Children (and then select the page from the dropdown) and #NECC5K in your caption. You can also post directly to the event page.
  2. On Instagram, post to your feed or story using @NECCforAutism and #NECC5K. Our direct messages are also open.
  3. Email videos and pictures to

We want to hear from you as you prepare and participate in this year’s event!

Thank you to our sponsors for making this special day possible:

Avidia Bank


Bay State Physical Therapy

FITTS Insurance

Greenwood Industries Inc.

Ken’s Foods

New England Dental Group

Priority Fire and Security Inc.

Southborough Wellness

The Apparel Project

The Willz Family

This End Up Furniture Company

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 (, 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, and operates a center in Abu Dhabi, UAE. Learn more at