The New England Center for Children in Southborough, Massachusetts has announced a $2.5 million gift from New York Life president John Kim and his wife, Diane to establish an institute for autism research, training, and education.
To be housed in a new 33,000-square-foot building, the John and Diane Kim Autism Institute will support research, professional training, and technology aimed at transforming the lives of children with autism. To that end, the institute will work to expand NECC’s Autism Curriculum Encyclopedia, or ACE®, Software System, a cloud-based teaching system that includes more than nineteen hundred customizable lesson plans, and will publish research aimed at furthering the understanding and treatment of autism and related disabilities. Marking the successful completion of a $10.9 million capital campaign co-chaired by Kim and former Massachusetts governor Michael Dukakis, the gift also will support renovations to the center’s existing main building.
NECC serves children on the autism spectrum between the ages of fourteen months and twenty-two years. According to the center, one in 68 children worldwide and more than 3.5 million Americans currently live with autism.
"Our hope with the John and Diane Kim Autism Institute is to expand the reach of the innovative programs at the New England Center for Children," said Kim. "Further research, teacher training, and development of technology at the institute will help thousands of children with autism and their families around the world."