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Fitchburg Councilors Tour Specialized CARES School

January 10, 2019 GMT

FITCHBURG -- Fitchburg City Councilors Sam Squailia and Beth Walsh visited Devereux’s CARES School on 270 Airport Road recently to learn about the focus of this specialized school.

CARES provides state-of-the-art elementary and secondary education services for children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders and other developmental disabilities. Students are supported with a clinically- integrated curriculum that focuses on functional and pro-social skill development, effective communication and community-based experiential learning.

CARES is a state-accredited day school for students ages 8 to 22. There is an elementary track and a high school program.

Squailia and Walsh observed the small classroom settings where specialized instruction addresses each student’s unique strengths and needs.

Bright and cheerful classrooms are designed to accommodate six students per class with one teacher and two teacher aides. There is also a nursing office, a computer lab and a large gym outfitted with exercise and sports equipment. Occupational therapy is incorporated, as well as an after school component that reinforces vocational skills and encourages community involvement.


The goal of CARES School is to enable students to transition to a life of greater independence and advancement to potential employment or higher education, based on their own specific goals.

CARES School is part of Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health -- Massachusetts and Rhode Island. By combining the latest advancements with compassionate treatment and family engagement, Devereux helps individuals look forward to life full of meaning and potential.