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CREC River Street School to Celebrate 50 Years on Saturday

(Hartford, Conn.) The CREC River Street School in Windsor is celebrating its fiftieth anniversary of meeting the educational needs of youth who have a variety of behavioral, communicative, and neurological disorders, including autism. To mark the occasion, the school is hosting a special reception and reunion barbeque picnic this Saturday, Oct. 14, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Alumni, families, friends, and staff will share in the celebration at 601 River Street. In addition to distinguished speakers and guests, there will be a “50 Years River Street” special video tribute. An RSVP was requested. For more information, contact Aura Alvarado, Capitol Region Education Council communications director, at

(860) 524-4065 or aalvarado@crec.org.

During its 50 years, the school has provided exemplary educational services to thousands of students through the expertise of its staff and their use of research-based practices. It has been a resource for school districts across the state in meeting the needs of their most challenging students.

The school opened in 1967 and became a member program of the Capitol Region Education Council in 1972. Over the years, it developed services that didn’t exist for students with autism. It continually expanded resources for those and other students. These include extended-day, extended-year, year-round, and outreach training services, as well as residential opportunities. Today it strives to improve the quality of life for children and young adults, ages 3 to 21, who have severe behavioral challenges. They’re provided with a caring environment, individualized programming, and the chance to develop the skills to be more productive, independent, and engaged members of society.

Clinical services include behavioral supports, speech-language therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy, social work services, psychological and psychiatric evaluation and consultation, and other services. There are also programs and services for families.

The school has received awards and recognition from numerous organizations, including the Council for Exceptional Children, St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center, the Computer Learning Foundation, the Governor's Coalition on Employment Opportunities for Youth with Disabilities, and the Northeast Communication Enhancement Group.

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