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The New England Center for Children Celebrates Autism Awareness Month

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In Time of Covid-19, Awareness and Acceptance of Autism is Critical for Underserved and Vulnerable Population

SOUTHBOROUGH, Mass. - Amzeal -- The New England Center for Children® (NECC®), a global leader in education and research for children with autism, announced today that it will join in the nationwide celebration of Autism Awareness Month this April. NECC will educate and advocate for autism, commit to a kinder world, share resources and stories on social media, promote global understanding and acceptance, and raise funds for autism through community action.

"Autism Awareness Month, particular in these times of Covid-19, is important to foster understanding and acceptance of autism on the global stage," said Vincent Strully, Jr, Founder and CEO of The New England Center for Children.

Beginning with the United Nations-sanctioned World Autism Awareness Day on April 2, the month-long Autism Awareness and Autism Acceptance campaigns are designed to build a better awareness of the signs, symptoms, and realities of autism.

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NECC will join autism organizations around the world for the April 2 Light It Up Blue campaign, illuminating in blue its Massachusetts and Abu Dhabi, UAE, facilities to raise awareness of autism. NECC will also commemorate the month with fundraising efforts for its largest annual community event, the 5K Walk/Run. For the second consecutive year, the event will be held virtually on May 1 using the Charge Running App. Nearly 1,000 community members participate each year, raising more than $2.2 million since 2007 to benefit autism education.

This year more than ever, individuals with autism and their families are struggling with the challenges of daily living and learning. Committed to the ongoing support and education of their students, NECC made significant PPE and on-site testing investments. The school enacted safety protocols and practices above and beyond state and Federal requirements. NECC remained open for residential students and re-opened the day school at the earliest opportunity in July, 2020. Covid-19 cases were minimal and none were severe. NECC was a model of best practices, achieving their education goals at a time when many schools were closed or in hybrid models.

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The New England Center for Children® (NECC®) is a private, nonprofit center providing evidence-based treatment and services for children with autism. Programs include in-home ABA therapy for infants and toddlers, a full-service day school for children age 4-22, and a safe, structured residential program that seamlessly integrates with the day school. The technology division has patented its curriculum - the Autism Curriculum Encyclopedia (ACE®) ABA Software System – which is used by more than 8,000 learners worldwide. Learn more at www.necc.org.

Jeff Arnold

Source: The New England Center for Children
Filed Under: Education

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