This morning, the New England Center for Children (NECC®) will honor former Governor Michael S. Dukakis by naming the newly-constructed aquatic center for children with autism on the school’s Southborough campus after him.
NECC will formally open the “Michael S. Dukakis Aquatic Center,” the first building in Massachusetts to be named after the former Governor, with a planned dedication ceremony marking the occasion this morning.
Governor Dukakis and his wife, Kitty, was expected to be in attendance with nearly 200 friends and supporters, including Senator John F. Kerry, Lieutenant Governor Timothy P. Murray, and NECC CEO and Founder Vincent Strully, Jr.
When NECC was founded nearly 33 years ago, Michael Dukakis was serving as the newly-elected Governor. He believed that children with disabilities should not be confined in institutions, but should live in communities. His administration was instrumental during the mid 1980s in assisting NECC during the implementation of its community-based model of education for children with autism. Governor Dukakis’s leadership as Co-chair of the Capital Campaign for the aquatic center is testimony to his unwavering support and belief in the mission of NECC, said a press release issued from the center.