Autism Clinic Groundbreaking Ceremony
ABC of NC Breaks Ground on $6.5 Million Autism Campus
ABC of NC, the Triad’s only comprehensive autism services provider, will break ground on a 26,000 square foot Autism Clinic on Wednesday, June 28 from 8:00 – 9:30 a.m. ABC of NC is expanding its current campus at 905 Friedberg Church Road with the addition of this clinic space along with a 3,500 square foot activities building and improvements to its current school building.
ABC of NC’s Hello World capital campaign, which has raised more than $4.2 million, supports the construction of the new Autism Clinic, which will house diagnostic, therapeutic, and behavioral services for hundreds of children with autism residing in the Piedmont Triad. The expansion means shorter wait times for diagnosis, expanded availability of interventions for all ages, and greater access to transition service for teens and young adults on the spectrum.
With this expansion, ABC of NC, which currently serves 350 children annually and employs 50 people, is expected to more than double its capacity and staff size within two years. “Like communities across the country, we have seen a surge in demand for autism programming fueled by rising prevalence – estimated at one in 58 children in NC – and more readily accessible funding for autism services through private health insurance and Medicaid,” said Selene Johnson, ABC of NC’s executive director.
“This spring, the ABC of NC board voted to increase the campaign goal from its initial $5 million to $6.5 million,” said Felice Brenner, ABC of NC’s board chair. “Expanding the size of the clinical building and realigning the campus will allow us to better meet more immediate community needs for autism services and offers greater flexibility for future expansion.”
The architect for the building project is Steele Group Architects of Winston-Salem. The construction company for the project is Samet Corporation of Greensboro. The design firm for the project is ID Collaborative of Greensboro.
Along with contributions from many generous individuals, this project has received support from BB&T Foundation, Cannon Foundation, First Tennessee Foundation, the Golden LEAF Foundation, Reynolds American Foundation, Richard J. Reynolds, III and Marie M. Reynolds Foundation, Wake Forest Baptist Health, and The Winston-Salem Foundation.
“Short of the organization’s founding, there is no more exciting time to be involved in the life of ABC of NC,” said John Burress, ABC of NC board member and co-chair of the Hello World campaign committee. “This project draws upon the generosity of the entire community and firmly establishes ABC of NC as not just a local leader in autism services, but a player at the state and national levels.”
For more information, contact Casey Raymer, ABC of NC’s director of development, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 336-251-1180 ext. 116.