Parents of children with autism, educators and other community leaders recently attended a sneak peek at Linwood Center’s new school facilities and an introduction to its principal, Catherine Perini. The “walk-through-while-under construction” included a brief program about Linwood’s new programs, services and partnerships.
Perini has previously served as principal of Abu Dhabi International School and as a Special Education teacher in Baltimore County. She will head the team of educators at Linwood School.
Linwood School will house a state-of-the-art educational program in a 36,000 square foot building. In addition to accepting students on the more challenging end of the spectrum, the new school will allow Linwood to accept kindergarten to 12th grade students with less severe forms of autism. There are no other comprehensive nonpublic autism programs close to Howard County, and many local students with autism are bused to schools outside the county.
The new Linwood School will open its doors in August. Grand opening festivities are slated for September.
Linwood Center’s mission is to create the possibility of extraordinary lives for children and adults living with autism and related developmental disabilities by providing education, vocational training, residential support and employment opportunities.
Linwood Center is located at 3421 Martha Bush Drive in Ellicott City. For information, visit www.linwoodcenter.org, or call 410-465-1352.