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Fundraiser Supports Autism Awareness and Education

NECC students and staff with members of the Erland Foundation during the Fourth Annual Strike Out Autism Bowling Night event.

Burlington, MA – Erland employees laced up their bowling shoes at Kings in Burlington to support autism awareness and education at their fourth annual Strike Out Autism bowling fundraiser.

The Erland Foundation’s Strike Out Autism event on Feb. 6 benefited The New England Center for Children (NECC), a global leader in autism education, research, and technology. Proceeds from this event directly support NECC’s goal to help children with autism acquire the skills they need to maximize their independence.

More than 120 bowlers and countless volunteers participated in making this event another great success. Attendees included NECC students and staff members, subcontractors, Erland employees, friends, and family members. Erland holds this event each year to give back to the center, where the company built NECC’s 35,000sf John and Diane Kim Autism Institute in 2016.

After working on the NECC campus, Erland’s employees were inspired to establish the Erland Foundation. The foundation’s mission is to provide funding that makes a positive difference to various organizations throughout the area by holding fundraising events.

For this event, Erland’s goal was to raise awareness and help educate the community about autism, who it effects, and how others can help. With this funding, NECC will:

  • Provide students with enrichment programs including community exposure, vocational transportation, adaptive physical education, educational field trips, and peer interaction.
  • Offer robust professional development opportunities for staff to increase teacher knowledge and confidence.
  • Stay current with the latest in instructive technology (SMART Boards, iPads, AAC devices) to enable students to be as independent as possible.
  • Enhance and promote their cloud-based teaching curriculum, the ACE ABA Software System.

Several generous sponsors of this event included Interstate Electrical Services, Piquete & Howard Electric, Metro Walls, Covenant Fire Protection, and Millennium Companies.

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