By Sean Senters January 28, 2015
Morgan Autism Center reaches out amid uncertainty
Wanda Wolfe sits in a chair wearing her self-deemed “Thanksgiving sweatshirt,” with a pumpkin and a cornucopia gracing its green background. She talks of her nieces and nephews, sisters and brothers-in-law. She becomes more comfortable talking to a reporter as she embraces the familiar setting: the Morgan Autism Center, her second home for the past 42 years.
Wolfe has found a community at the Morgan Autism Center, one of the premier facilities in the South Bay for treating adults with autism. She most enjoys having lunch with her friends in the adult program. She also loves attending their birthday parties and beamed at the thought of her own upcoming 49th birthday on a recent Saturday. She shows off her paintings and pencil drawings with pride.
The Morgan Autism Center, beginning in 1969 in a Palo Alto church, has gradually grown in both enrollment and community involvement. It has grown from four to 112 students today, which includes the additional adult program that was incorporated in 1985.
The school’s future trajectory, despite increased demand, is uncertain. Since the Morgan Center began, the school has been unable to obtain a permanent location — it has had five different homes. Additionally, the adult program can’t fund all the services the center hopes to provide, such as vocational experience because of a shortage of state funds.... (Read the full story here)