When I first founded Beacon Day School over 14 years ago, I knew only one thing: I wanted to make a positive impact on the lives of families like mine; families raising a child with autism who were looking for a safe, compassionate school where their children would thrive. I wanted to create something bigger, something better; I wanted to build a school community dedicated to providing excellence in education, using innovative and evidence-based interventions and services while presuming competence in all students and supporting parents.
I wish I could say I had it all figured out from the very first day Beacon’s doors opened, but creating the kind of school I envisioned didn’t happen overnight. Luckily, I’m the kind of person who doesn’t quit once I have my mind set on something, and every obstacle that presented itself in those early years only furthered my determination to make Beacon the kind of place students, staff, and families could call home.
As a lifelong learner, I’ve applied my passion for research and education towards ongoing enhancements to Beacon’s diverse program offerings, and I make sure every member of our staff embraces the idea that we never stop learning. From every conference, training, and meeting we attend, our primary purpose is to elevate our thinking and collective efforts as a school, so everything we do and offer our students and families – from therapeutic services and interventions, to state-of-the-art technology and integrative curricula - has purpose and intent, and is always implemented using best practices.
One of our latest school enhancements is our new website, which we are proud to unveil. A key feature of this new site is this blog, where I will regularly post about issues relevant to families living with autism and related disorders. Guest bloggers will also be featured, hand-picked experts in their respective fields offering the latest information about their disciplines. My goal – much like the one I had back in 2003 when I first opened Beacon – is to create a community for families like mine, where we can come together, support one another, and make meaningful contributions toward our shared commitment to improving the lives of individuals with disabilities.
I hope you enjoy our new site and find the blog a source of valuable information and support. We are grateful to have you as part of our school community.
Mary J. Lang, Ph.D.