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December 6, 2023

Nonprofit to open Worcester school for high school-aged students with autism

A large grey building Image | Courtesy of Google Maps 80 William St. in Worcester

The Center for Applied Behavioral Instruction, a nonprofit special education school for students diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder and other related neurological disorders, will open a transitional school in a former Clark University building located at 80 William St. in Worcester.

This will be the nonprofit’s second school.

The new school will be geared towards students who are around high school age, helping them navigate the transition into adult life, said Brian Doyle, executive director of CABI. 

“About half of our students are transition age,” said Doyle while speaking to WBJ via the phone. “This school will focus on helping those students.”

The location’s former use as an educational facility should help minimize the amount of work needed to be done to open the new school, Doyle said. The facility could be ready to open by February.

The purchase of 80 William St. was facilitated with $2 million in financing from Rockland Trust.

“As a community-oriented bank, Rockland Trust is always looking for opportunities to invest in the communities we serve,” Darin Foster, vice president, commercial loan officer at Rockland Trust, said in a Monday statement regarding the financing. “We are honored to be part of this meaningful project with CABI. With this financing the school can now expand their reach working with individuals and aiding them in developing a variety of life skills.”

CABI first received a provisional license from the state to operate as a private day school in 2016. Students enrolled at the school, located at 345 Greenwood St., range in ages from 6 to 22.

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