2014 Charities


Since 1955, Linwood Center has been at the forefront of efforts to address the needs of the autism community. Our founder, the late Jeanne M. Simons, was one of the pioneers in the field, and her early breakthrough work remains the basis for our current programs.

Today, Linwood is one of a handful of programs in the United States and one of only three in the state of Maryland that provides comprehensive education and residential programs throughout the lifespan under one service umbrella. We develop lifelong relationships with individuals living with autism and related developmental disabilities from elementary school through retirement and old age.

The unique role that Linwood plays in the lives of our participants is one of guidance and motivation. All of our programs are based on the concepts of self-determination and the enhancement of self-esteem. Our staff work one-on-one with individuals to identify their strengths, interests and goals and use those to motivate learning and development. We strongly believe that every individual has the right to be treated with dignity and respect and deserves to live, work, and play in an environment filled with encouragement and rich with opportunity.



For over 75 years The Baer School, a Baltimore City Public School, has served children with multiple disabilities from all over Baltimore city. Through the years, the Baer School has seen significant changes in its population. The children have become increasingly more dependent on medical technology, more medically fragile and economically deprived.

The Mission of the William S. Baer School, in constant collaboration with families, community, the Partnership Board, Baltimore City Schools, and the State of Maryland is to work as a Team to support students in meeting their individual needs in the areas of socialization, functional living skills, academic standards, and pre-vocational training by utilizing the Maryland Common Core Academic Standards, the Individualized Educational Plan, Parent Input, and Therapeutic Management Plans while continuing to promote independence in all areas for every student.