In August of 2015, I started my career at the New England Center for Children, having driven ~700 miles to start my new life in New England. I didn't have much prior experience working with children, much less working with children with autism. However, I quickly fell in love with my students, and loved utilizing our time together to teach meaningful, everyday skills.
I started at NECC on a residential team. As a residential placement, the children were taken care of by staff members 24/7, 365 days a year. I spent all of my holidays with my students. I go into the community with them, teach them at their school, and for a year, I tucked them into bed at night and then woke them up in the morning. I've seen firsthand what a wonderful organization like NECC does for my students. The New England Center for Children makes a home out of a residential placement, and I'm so lucky that I've gotten to experience this life.
I started running in high school, and throughout the years have cherished the exercise as a way to realize my potential. I'm so honored and excited to be given the opportunity to run the Boston Marathon for the New England Center for Children, where every day is a new opportunity for my students to discover their own potential. Please help me raise $10,000 to help my students maximize their potential, and become the best they can be!
THE NEW ENGLAND CENTER FOR CHILDREN INC wrote:
For more than 42 years, The New England Center for Children (NECC) has been dedicated to transforming the lives of children with autism through education, research, and technology. We serve children from 18 months to 22 years, across the autism spectrum, in home-based, day, and residential programs; through classrooms in partnership with public schools; and through our ACE® ABA Software System used by more than 4,200+ students in 25 states and 13 countries.
Our award-winning curriculum focuses on communications, academic, social, play, self-help, and vocational skills. All teaching is based on proven scientific principles of applied behavior analysis (ABA), which identifies how children learn and what motivates their behavior. In 2017, NECC received the Award for International Dissemination of Behavior Analysis from the Society for the Advancement of Behavior Analysis (SABA). Since its founding, NECC has helped nearly 13,000 children with autism reach their potential.
Through the John Hancock Non-Profit Program, we have received entries into the Boston Marathon. These team members will commit to raise awareness, valuable resources for the school's Annual Fund, and go 26.2 miles to support our students.