The campaign is launched!
The Campaign for The New England Center for Children was formally launched on December 10. 2012. The $10 million fundraising campaign will support the expansion and renovation of our Southborough, Massachusetts, campus in two important ways: the construction of a new 30,000-square-foot Autism Institute, which will provide dedicated space for research and training; and the renovation of approximately 10,000 square feet of space in our existing building, including a new Student Center and additional teaching and learning space for our students.
"We are asking for your financial support so that NECC can expand its already exceptional educational and research programs - because the more NECC can do, the more children it can help."
Governor Michael S. Dukakis
Why give to NECC?
NECC has enormous impact on the lives of children with autism and their families. Here is what a few of our families and staff members have to say about the importance of supporting NECC.
The Larsen Family
Blake Larsen was diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder at 21 months of age. His parents, Michael and Fiona, enrolled him in NECC's home-based program, where teachers have worked with him one-on-one for 28 hours a week.
"When NECC got involved, life became a lot simpler for us. We're so lucky to be here and have NECC's services available to us. We would like to see as many families as possible access the kind of care that Blake has received.
Karen Yoshida, NECC teacher
Karen Yoshida works with nine male students at one of NECC's suburban residences. She helps them prepare for the day, and accompanies them to the Center, where they work on the skills they need to build independence.
"At NECC we're really focused on research, and research shows that Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is the most effective treatment for autism."
The Masiello Family
Bill and Angela Masiello have watched their twin boys, Billy and Jonathan, flourish at NECC, beginning with their enrollment in the Center's preschool program and continuing today in its day and residential programs, respectively.
"It's so important for people to give to NECC because of the level of care it provides, improving the lives of children and their families by helping to establish a world for these kids to live in - where, before, they were lost."
Jess Seaver, NECC administrator
Jess Seaver, who heads up the Intensive Instruction/Home-Based Program, has always wanted to work with children, espcially children whom others thought were too challenging.
"NECC serves some of the most challenging children in the country, in the world. I can't imagine where they'd be if it weren't for NECC."
The Williams Family
When they watched their five-year-old son Isaiah - who would kick and scream all the way to his former school - wait at the door for the van to drive him to NECC, Markanthony and Renee Williams knew they found the perfect fit for him.
"We're confident that NECC is the best place for Isaiah. And, for those children who are not as fortunate to attend the center, they benefit from its extensive outreach programs."
Phil Leonard, NECC specialist
Phil Leonard, who oversees the Center's applied physical education and aquatic programs, works closely with students to improve their gross motor skills by building a curriculum that focuses on their unique needs.
"Its so important for people to support this campaign. It will build on what we have, and make a great program even better."