Florida Tech has been named a 2014 Impact 100 Community Partner by Vero Beach-based Indian River Impact 100 and awarded a $100,000 grant it will use to offer early diagnostic services and ongoing intervention for autism and related disorders in Indian River County.
Scheduled to launch July 2014 under the auspices of the Scott Center for Autism Treatment, the Vero Beach center will offer new and critically-needed resources and services to Indian River County, which currently lacks such offerings. The new center will seek to help mitigate the effects of autism on children and caregivers; offer nationally-recognized, state-of-the art, evidence-based therapy; broaden community understanding about Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD); and offer a formal network of peer and other support for families whose children are affected by ASD.
Services will also include assessment and treatment of problem behaviors, pediatric feeding problems, toilet training, and other behavioral issues that are often experienced by children with autism and related disabilities.
“This is a significant addition to Florida Tech’s service to Indian River County residents,” university President and CEO Anthony Catanese said. “The Scott Center’s services are a unique contribution that FIT brings to Vero Beach, and we are grateful to partner with Impact 100 to make it possible.”