Chuck Ecker, chief educational adviser of the Linwood Center’s Advisory Board, convened a luncheon to share news with friends about the local organization during Autism Awareness Month. Linwood Center provides education, vocational training, residential support and employment opportunities for people living with autism and related developmental disabilities.
Ecker is the immediate past superintendent of Carroll County Public Schools, where he served for 10 years. He was Howard County Executive from 1990–98; prior to his election, he spent 33 years in the Howard County, Prince George’s County and Carroll County public school systems.
Linwood Center has a new school building under construction near the Linwood manor house in Ellicott City. Linwood School will house a state-of-the-art educational program in a 36,000-square-foot building. In addition to accepting students on the more challenging end of the spectrum, the new school will allow Linwood to accept kindergarten to 12th-grade students with less severe forms of autism.
There are no other comprehensive nonpublic autism programs close to Howard County, and many local students with autism are bused to schools outside the county. The new Linwood School will open in August.