In April, ABC of NC gathered community leaders together to kick-off a $5 million Capital Campaign for construction, expansion, and improvements for our Friedberg Church Road facilities.
According to campaign co-chairs Felice and Richard Brenner and John Burress, ABC of NC has seen unprecedented demand for its services and must initiate this campaign to meet the needs of a growing autism community.
“Sadly, we’re forced to turn away hundreds of families who desperately need our help,” said Burress, “This campaign, on the community calendar for November, means that we can expand our facilities and introduce comprehensive programs for a lifetime of learning for our families with a child with autism.”
Campaign plans include:
Renovation of the existing 9,000+ square-foot educational building With the ability to serve 100+ children in an academic setting, the renovation of our current school building enables ABC of NC to continue serving families from any economic background in need of a non-public school alternative for their children with autism.
Construction of a 20,000+ square foot clinical building A cutting-edge facility to provide hundreds of children and families with distraction-free therapy suites for one-to-one behavioral, speech, and occupational therapies, labs for self-help and functional living skills, and career/vocational training spaces.
Construction of an 8,500 square-foot “gymatorium” A multi-purpose gym/auditorium will provide space for a physical activity, regardless of the weather, and convert to an auditorium. This building allows us to expand therapeutic recreation programs such as adaptive martial arts, and increase our parent, community, and professional trainings.
According to Burress, the campaign is part of ABC of NC’s long-term planning as the organization responds to population growth; advances in evidence-based autism services; increased prevalence of autism spectrum disorder; and a greater number of families able to access funding for behavioral health services through private health insurance and Medicaid.
Stay tuned to for more information as ABC of NC asks you to help our organization help our families.