Morrison Center’s School Program is a Special Purpose Private School approved by the Department of Education and serves as an alternative placement for students with significant developmental disabilities.
Using individualized approaches and best educational and therapeutic practices, Morrison’s K-12 educational services provide optimized learning opportunities in all developmental areas. The unique program promotes goal achievement through research-based methodology that supports each student’s Individual Education Program (IEP). Faculty in the school program are experienced and well-trained with regard to best practices for children with disabilities, behavior management, ABA (applied behavioral analysis), and assistive technology.
Our K-12 Special Purpose School offers:
- Specialized instruction and individualized programming
- Positive behavioral supports for students with autism and/or multiple disabilities
- Assistive technology to facilitate communication, instruction, and learning
- Skilled on-site therapists (speech, OT, PT, nursing)
- Functional communication and social skills development
- Community integration activities such as trips to the grocery store or post office
- Pre-vocational training skills in community settings
Our Health, Safety, and Security Guidelines are available for download here.
Letter From a Parent
The Morrison Center has been serving children and adults with multiple disabilities in the greater Portland area for over 60 years. They have expanded and added a second school in Wells within the last 5 years and now have an extensive adult residential program. The school in Scarborough is home to a daycare, preschool, school-aged, adult seedlings program and a greenhouse. The student services include physical, occupational and speech therapy along with case management for families. It is the only school of its kind that also has a full-time nurse onsite. It is a nonprofit organization that does outreach within the surrounding communities, is lead by a visionary board and hosts various fundraisers to promote awareness and raise funds for the extensive expansions, programs, equipment and offerings. Over the last three years I have dedicated time to organizing fundraisers so we, as parents, can give back to a school that we love. Adaptive equipment is quite costly as is the creation of various spaces to best serve the needs of these students. We have been able to support both of these aspects of our wonderful school.
My family has personally been impacted because the school has given us hope, love and support over the last 8+ years. We started with outpatient OT services for my daughter when she was 2 1/2 years old knowing that Child Development Services would support preschool placement at a school in which she was already familiar. We could not have been more fortunate. Diagnosed with multiple disabilities including Cerebral Palsy and Cortical Visual Impairment, the twenty minute drive from our home is more that worth it.
The board, administration, teachers, therapists and staff all have the biggest hearts and extensive knowledge and patience when it comes to working with this very special group of clients. Throughout the trials and tribulations, everyone has been supportive and has brought new techniques, ideas, and methods to our team when working with my daughter. Recently we have been dealing with various challenges with my daughter and the daily communication and support from her teachers has made this time bearable. That is what Morrison is all about, family. They go above and beyond to reach the needs of each client on an individual basis while lending support to the families.
The Morrison Center is a place that gives the special needs population a chance to succeed in a world filled with obstacles and doubt. They are forward thinkers who whole-heartedly give every opportunity for our children to thrive and to be recognized for their individuality.
Caryn L. Ford
Proud Morrison Center Parent and Volunteer
July 25, 2018
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