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Autism school to open Middle Eastern campus

Posted by Martin Finucane June 28, 2007 10:49 AM

SOUTHBOROUGH

A leading autism center in Massachusetts will manage a $100 million, decadelong effort to bring cutting-edge research and treatment of children to the United Arab Emirates, the center announced yesterday.

The New England Center for Children signed the deal last week with officials in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates, to start a program for children with the developmental disorder that affects social and communication skills.

The center will send 50 to 60 employees over the next few years -- six are scheduled to go by December -- to start the operation and train 30 to 40 instructors from Abu Dhabi.

The Health Authority- Abu Dhabi and the New England Center will join to build the new center and provide housing for New England Center employees in Abu Dhabi.

Read more in today's Globe.

-- Claire Cummings

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