Community West Foundation… ‘Spring for Hope’ Supports Rocky River Center for Autism

The Cleveland Clinic Children’s Center for Autism within Rocky River’s Don Umerley Civic Center represents a unique partnership between civic and health resources.

The Cleveland Clinic Children’s Center for Autism team Carl Carter, Kelly Klika, Elizabeth Schilling, Maripat Hanna, Jackie Katzenstein, Dr. Michael Manos, Center Head, Pediatric Behav-ioral Health, Becky Rothstein, Allison Newman, Jennifer Manning and Alec Kulik.

The Cleveland Clinic Children’s Center for Autism team Carl Carter, Kelly Klika, Elizabeth Schilling, Maripat Hanna, Jackie Katzenstein, Dr. Michael Manos, Center Head, Pediatric Behav-ioral Health, Becky Rothstein, Allison Newman, Jennifer Manning and Alec Kulik.

The Rocky River Center for Autism is a newly configured 20,000-square-foot center with several individual rooms for behavior, occupational, and speech and language therapy, plus waiting and conference areas. Families have free access to the Don Umerley Civic Center during and after patient therapy sessions.

Parent training is available and considered a key component to successful intervention in treating Autism. Augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) evaluations and functional behavioral assessment are available as well.

Community West Foundation, Fairview Hospital and the City of Rocky River teamed last week to host a fundraiser for the Center. ‘Spring for Hope’ brought together about 150 guests with one mission as they enjoyed gourmet hors d’oeuvres, live music and auction items – raising resources for the Center.

David T. Dombrowiak, President and CEO, Community West Foundation.

David T. Dombrowiak, President and CEO, Community West Foundation.

“The 2016 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported the prevalence of autism has risen to 1 in every 68 births in the United States. This is nearly twice as great as the 2004 rate of 1 in 125 – and almost 1 in 54 boys,” said Community West Foundation President & CEO David T. Dombrowiak. “The good news is Autism is treatable. Children do not ‘outgrow’ autism, but studies show that early diagnosis and intervention lead to significantly improved outcomes.”

“As we discover the causes, intervention and treatments of autism, early intervention using Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) has proven to be most effective,” said Dr. Neil Smith, President, Fairview Hospital, who hosted the event along with Rocky River Mayor Pamela Bobst. “Unfortunately, behavior therapy is not fully covered by most insurance companies. We, as a committee, are dedicated to providing these therapy sessions to children by supporting a family assistance program.”

Proceeds from the event also support groundbreaking initiatives for early detection of autism in local pediatrician offices.

Dr. Michael Manos, Center Head, Pediatric Behavioral Health, underscored the importance of early detection and support in his keynote presentation.

“At Community West Foundation, there is always a combination of collaborative efforts of our work and mission,” added Dombrowiak. “We are very proud to support the ‘Spring for Hope’ event and by all of us working together we can continue to ‘Illuminate Hope’ and bring light into the world that will shine brightly for everyone in our community.”

The Center for Autism is located within the Don Umerley Civic Center, 21016 Hilliard Blvd. Suite #214, Rocky River. (440) 895-2020

Click here to view the Spring for Hope Fundraiser gallery.

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