Submitted by the Nashoba Learning Group
Students and staff at Nashoba Learning Group in Bedford, an organization that works with children and adults living with autism, welcomed state legislators on Friday, March 11 to share the school’s programming and successes and heighten lawmakers’ awareness of the challenging budget realities for Chapter 766 (C766) schools that educate students with special needs.
The event was co-hosted by Nashoba Learning Group; Bedford’s state legislators, Rep. Kenneth Gordon (D-Bedford) and Sen. Michael J. Barrett (D-Lexington); and maaps, the Massachusetts Association of 766 Approved Private Schools, which launched its #OurSchoolsCount campaign to fight for fair special education funding in the Fiscal Year 2017 state budget. The purpose of the event was to highlight legislative and policy issues that are critically important to Chapter 766 approved special education school students, their families and teachers throughout Massachusetts. Nashoba Learning Group is a maaps member school. Students and staff shared their stories of success, posed for photos with legislators, held a question and answer session and led legislators on a tour of the school.
The Massachusetts Association of 766 Approved Private Schools (maaps) is a non-profit association whose 87 member schools provide high quality and cost effective educational programs and services to students with special needs throughout Massachusetts. The schools operate over 150 day and residential programs and schools, providing education and treatment to approximately 5,500 Massachusetts students with disabilities. They also bring in over $144 million into the Commonwealth’s economy in tuition payments from about 1,500 out-of-state students, and employ over 9,000 teachers, clinicians, residential care and other staff. For many of the students, maaps schools represent their first real opportunity for hope, achievement and to become productive members of society.
About Nashoba Learning Group
Nashoba Learning Group’s mission is to empower children and adults with autism to function with the greatest possible productivity and independence in the community, home, and workplace throughout their lives. NLG was founded in 2002 to offer a different life trajectory for more seriously impaired individuals with Autism. Today, NLG’s School provides outstanding, individualized education, training and intervention services for students aged 3 to 22 with Autism Spectrum disorders. NLG’s rapidly growing Adult Program opened in 2013, providing ongoing support to adults with Autism.