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University of Massachusetts at Amherst Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy presents the prestigious Salute to Service award to Robert F. Littleton, Jr., E.D.
First Annual UMASS Amherst Salute to Service Honors Robert F. Littleton, Jr., E.D.
Robert F. Littleton, Jr., E.D. was honored with the first annual UMASS Amherst Salute to Service along with former Boston television news anchor Liz Walker at a dinner held at the Boston Harbor Hotel November 14 with Patriots owner and philanthropist Robert Kraft as the keynote speaker.
The Salute to Service and its scholarship fund were established to honor and support the talents and aspirations of select recipients in pursuing and realizing their public service goals, according to UMASS Amherst. Dr. Littleton is the founder of two very successful non-profit human service organizations; the Evergreen Center and Criterion Child Enrichment together employ over 700 professionals.
In his acceptance remarks after receiving the award from university chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy Littleton said, “I am humbled to receive this award as the most visible member of a remarkable team that has labored for over 30 years to create a network of programs providing much needed services of the highest quality.”
UMass Amherst’s invitation to the exclusive event stated the university “has emphasized public service as critical to the social and economic development of our commonwealth, nation and world. The quest to understand and respond to the myriad issues facing society has underscored the University’s curriculum, resources and community service. The University embraces its role of providing educational opportunity to the future leaders of America.” As a result of this commitment, it established the Salute to Service.
Students served by the Evergreen Center founded in 1982 possess skill deficits and behavioral needs that require a carefully planned educational program. Individuals served include students 6-21 with autism, intellectual and developmental disabilities, and other challenges as well. Evergreen has a lengthy successful track record of placing its students in less restrictive settings upon graduation.
Founded in 1985, Criterion Child Enrichment has grown to be one of the largest providers of child and family development services, primarily early intervention, in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. It serves over 5000 families a year with a staff of over 300 professionals at 12 locations throughout Massachusetts.
In addition to The Evergreen Center and Criterion Child Enrichment, Dr. Littleton founded BEACON ABA Services of Massachusetts and Connecticut and Human Services Management Corporation. He is a past president of the Massachusetts Association for Approved Private Schools and is a former Chair of the Council of Affiliated State Associations, a subcommittee of the National Association of Private Special Education Centers. He was the catalyst and has been a key contributor to the development of graduate training programs for behavior analysts.
Dr. Littleton has taught elementary and special education in the Barnstable Public Schools. He served as co-chair of the Fiscal Issues for the Study Group of the Massachusetts Early Intervention Consortium and as a trustee of the Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies. Dr. Littleton completed his doctoral research in Special Education at Boston University on the treatment of toddlers with expressive language delay. Dr. Littleton holds certifications as an Administrator of Special Education and as an Early Intervention Program Director. He received his bachelor's degree from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and his master’s degree in education in Severe Special Needs from Lesley University, Cambridge, Mass.