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Why Linwood

A Model For Other Programs Throughout The World

Since 1955, Linwood has been providing life-changing services to individuals living with autism. Our founder, the late Jeanne M. Simons, was one of the pioneers in the field. Her early, breakthrough work was unprecedented and is still regarded as a model for the treatment of individuals with autism throughout the world.

Linwood School is co-ed with a capacity of 70 students. The school is approved by the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) to provide a Special Education and related services program for students with autism in a Nongraded (Ages 5 through 21) education program with additional residential components, and a General Education program for students in Kindergarten, Elementary and Middle School (Grades 1 through 8).

As our students “age out” of the school system and become eligible for state-supported adult services, many enter our programs for adults. Our services include supported employment, including the Linwood Center Boutique, a gift and thrift store on Main Street in Historic Ellicott City; day services and community-based residential programs. With our support, individuals living with autism enjoy being productive, contributing members of the communities where they live.

We believe that each individual who enters our programs has the right to be treated with dignity and respect and that each deserves to live, work and play in an environment filled with encouragement and rich with opportunity.  That is the underlying notion of every program we operate and every service we provide, and is one of the reasons why so many families choose Linwood.

Certificate of Approval and Licenses

As part of our MSDE approval to operate a nonpublic special educational program, Linwood provides full day and residential special education and related services. Our residential programs are licensed by the Maryland Department of Human Resources and are approved by the Maryland Autism Medicaid Waiver. The Maryland Developmental Disabilities Administration licenses Linwood to provide adult supported employment, day habilitation and community-based residential services.