Autism Awareness Month brings out supporters

The Rich Center for Autism will mark the month of April, which is set aside as Autism Awareness Month.

Georgia Backus, director of the Paula and Anthony Rich Center for Autism, said the center is grateful to the many supporters in the community who help the center serve its many students.

The center, on the campus of Youngstown State University, provides education, therapies and support to children with autism at no cost to their families.

“We don’t charge families anything to send their children to the Rich Center,” Backus said. “The state of Ohio gives each child a $20,000 autism scholarship. But to give these children all the education, therapy, and support they need, we need to raise at least $15,000 more a year for every child. It is critical to their success they have access to the specialized care and to the expertise that our teachers and supervisors provide.”

The center is the focus of “Smiles for Charity” a special promotion initiated by Braydich Dental Inc. which is asking customers and future patrons to help raise money for center through June 30.

The goal is to exceed last year’s $14,700 in donations from “Smiles for Charity” to Hubbard Public Library.

“We are very appreciative of the donations from the community. When a business decides to use its resources and defray the costs to help care for children with special needs, the impact is even greater,” Backus said.

For information on the center, call 330-941-1927.