EDCO Partners Program

The EDCO Partners Program provides comprehensive academic instruction as well as intensive social and life skills instruction to academically capable adolescents who may have an educational disability of Autism (formerly considered Asperger’s Syndrome or High Functioning Autism), Non-verbal Learning Disabilities, and/or similar challenges. Located in Bedford along with EDCO’s North Crossing Therapeutic Day Program, Partners offers a small, highly supportive, therapeutic milieu. Therapeutic and supportive by nature, the EDCO Partners program fosters students’ emotional growth through weekly individual counseling sessions and ongoing milieu counseling. Highly individualized, the program offers a wide range of integration into the public high school setting, which varies depending upon students’ individual preferences, needs and post-secondary visions.

Calendar
School Year - Number of Days: 
180
School Year - Hours Per Day: 
7
Summer - Number of Days: 
24
Summer - Hours Per Day: 
N/A
Therapeutic Services Available: 
Social Skills

Parent Support Program: PAC meetings twice a year

Additional Program Information:

  • Student to staff ratio is approximately 3:1
  • Staff members maintain consistent communication with families, psychiatrists, outpatient therapists, and other collaterals via phone or email to collaborate as a team on behalf of each student.
  • An online Google site is utilized to keep families informed and to provide access to schedule, curriculum and homework.
  • Individual MacBooks are provided for each student along with EDCO student e-mail accounts and access to academics and online texts through Google Docs and Google Drive.
  • Students participate in social skills, transition skills, and life skills groups on a weekly basis and participate in community trips to practice learned skills in real life settings.
  • Optional 5th year of studies attending a community college as part of the weekly schedule.
  • Milieu counseling and Dialectical Behavior Therapy are available.
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Collaborative: 
Primary Population/Disability: 
Autism, Specific Learning
Type of Program: 
Public Day
Ages Served: 
11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22+
Grades Served: 
6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Contact Person(s): 
Dot Lucci
Program Director
781-365-2730
Location(s):
EDCO Partners Program
36 Middlesex Turnpike
01730 Bedford , MA
United States
Massachusetts US