She graduated from Garland ISD on June 6, 2015, because she reached the maximum number of years in the special education program and, by law, had to leave.  For an adult with intellectual and developmental disabilities, having transitioning issues, the transition had just begun.

Emma at graduation with her mother Marie, founder of EEC.

Emma at graduation with her mother Marie, founder of EEC.

Emma is not in the minority. She is included in a large number of adults with disabilities who graduate or “age out” of the special education programs of the ISDs and are not ready to leave.  When a recent poll of the students at selected dayhabs and adult daycares was done, the conclusion was that, if given a choice, many prefer to stay in school. School challenges abilities and dreams, sharpens the mind and gives an opportunity for social growth.

Marie Josée Queneau, “Emma’s Mom” as she is known by many, began working on a solution to this transition problem, recruiting a seven member Board of Directors. After a year and a half of organizing and planning, Emma’s Education Center was born and is now PRE-ENROLLING for school beginning August 24, 2015.

EEC is located in Garland, the selected site being at Northwest Highway and LBJ Freeway. Unlike a dayhab or adult day care, it is a school—a continuing education and LIFE skills training center—with certified special education teachers and para-educators. It features five “outclasses” in computers, art, music, PE and horticulture.  The extended program is open from 7:30 AM to 5:30 PM, features continental breakfast, healthy lunches and health related services. The cost of the program is $600 per month, extended day, and is payable through private pay, HCS, CLASS, TXHL and eventually Medicaid.  Space is limited to the first 75 students, so please do not wait—go to and submit an application for enrollment! 972-414-1981.