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May 25, 2020 The Power 50 Class of 2020

2020 Power 50: Vincent Strully

A photo of Vincent Strully PHOTO | Courtesy of the New England Center for Children Vincent Strully, founder & former CEO of the New England Center for Children
Vincent Strully
  • Title: Founder & CEO
  • Organization: New England Center for Children
  • Location: Southborough

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When Strully founded the New England Center for Children in 1975, autism was nothing like the widespread challenge it is today for countless people and their families. Today, it’s so prevalent it affects one of every 54 people, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates.

The rate wasn’t even tracked before 2000. Strully, which started the center on the grounds of the old Taunton State Hospital, has grown the NECC in geography and scope, with a budget exceeding $100 million and a workforce topping 1,300. The center works with autistic children and young adults, offers curricula for other centers, has a graduate degree program for its employees, and studies the disorder, with its staff having written more than 250 peer-reviewed journal articles and presented research at more than 2,000 conferences. A massive facility in the United Arab Emirates opened in 2008, a 33,000-square-foot autism care facility on its Southborough campus opened in 2016, and in 2019 operations began in Lebanon, the 18th country in which NECC operates or consults. Strully has led the way throughout, as NECC expanded its presence across the Middle East in Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and Qatar, and elsewhere across the globe including Australia, Brazil, Canada, England, India and Italy. It's a footprint nearly any Central Massachusetts institution would envy, and a mission that could hardly be more needed or more important.

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May 26, 2020

My son has been a student for the past 15 years at NECC and will graduating in the fall of 2020 to Adult Services through the Commonwealth. NECC has given my son the necessary tools to navigate successfully outside of NECC. As much as I will miss the excellence that NECC exuberates on a daily basis with their teachings of the Ace Curriculum. I am eternally grateful that my son continues to receive the best Autism education available to Autistic students. Congratulations Vinnie, the recognition of your work and vision speaks volumes to your commitment to your students. Thank you for all that you’ve done and continue to do.

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