What’s something your agency has done or accomplished recently that you are proud of? Within our BEST Clinical Network Division we recently obtained a space that is dedicated to the expansion of this division. This includes a day treatment program for children and adolescents. The BEST Clinical Network implements evidence-based treatments and practices focusing on teaching communication, increasing socially appropriate behaviors, self-help skills, social skills, leisure skills and other essential like skills. It is a very individualized and unique program with a very dedicated group of professionals whose sole purpose is to provide support and serve as a resource to the community in the diagnosis and treatment of children and adults affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder or other related Developmental Disabilities.
What’s an interesting fact about your organization that people may not know? The very first student to ever attend the Amego Day School in our original building located in Quincy, Massachusetts is still supported by our agency and is currently 57 years old. He has lived with his current housemates since 1984 and he will be 62 years old when Amego celebrates its 50th Anniversary in 2021.
He is the epitome of the original goal of “Education for Life” that can be found in the original By-Laws signed in May of 1971. Amego originally opened as a day only school, operating from 9:00am to 5:00pm six days a week. Back in 1971 when the original By-Laws were developed, the description of our population was the following: “The severely impaired young people to whom this program is directed have from early childhood carried a variety of labels such as “early infantile autism, childhood schizophrenia, a-typical child, severe functional retardation, severe learning disability, or developmentally disabled”.These labels morphed into our current target population of individuals with ASD and/or Developmental Disabilities.