The Massachusetts Association of 766 Approved Private Schools (maaps) was founded in 1975 as a statewide association of approved private special education schools dedicated to providing educational programs and services to students with special needs.
Major, IOM CAE, is Executive Director of the Massachusetts Association of Chapter 766 Approved Private Schools (maaps).
The Massachusetts Association of 766 Approved Private Schools (maaps
) is a nonprofit association whose 85 member schools provide high quality and cost effective educational programs and services to students with special needs throughout Massachusetts.
Major, who has been maaps' executive director for 25 years, added that the state has long been a leader in providing educational opportunities for all students, including those with special needs.
Around this time, I started looking for residential schools on the internet and found maaps. I checked out schools' websites and found about 12 potential programs I thought might work for Trey." Melmark New England in Andover, a maaps member school, is where Trey McCall eventually attended in 2007, a long way from his home in Oklahoma.
By attracting special education students from as far away as the Middle East and across the US, there are many examples of why Massachusetts and maaps schools have been critical to giving students with special needs a better life.
"On occasion, residential schools have discovered after the fact that they have employed individuals with criminal histories in other states," maaps Director of Public Advocacy Lauren Burm plans to tell the Joint Legislative Committee on the Judiciary at the hearing at 1 p.m.
Steve Yerdon, executive director of Devereux, a maaps school in Rutland, said his school hasn't been surprised by anyone with a record in another state, but it's always a concern.
For many of these children, maaps schools represent their last real opportunity for hope, achievement and to become productive members of society.
Jim Major is executive director of maaps, a nonprofit association dedicated to providing educational programs and services to students with special needs throughout Massachusetts.