Commonwealth Grants $1 Million
Posted on: Wednesday, 12.17.2014
The Center for Autism, a nonprofit evaluation and treatment center for people with Autism Spectrum Disorder, announced on December 16, 2014 that the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania recently awarded a $1 million Economic Initiative Grant (EGI) to help fund the expansion of its Northeast Philadelphia location at 2801 Grant Avenue. On Monday, December 15, Governor Tom Corbett visited the Center for Autism to accept a certificate of appreciation, tour the facility and give children in the program holiday gifts. He also met with the Board of Directors and employees of the Center for Autism and viewed the renderings of the plan for expansion.
Featured in the photo taken at the Center’s 2801 Grant Avenue location: Top row, left to right: Steven Lewis, chair of the Center for Autism’s board of directors; Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett; David M. Maola, Esq, chief executive officer of the Center for Autism. Bottom row, left to right: Children enrolled in the Pre-K Treatment Program, Brian, Dominic, Ian, and A-Keen.
“These funds from the Commonwealth will have a significant impact on our ability to serve the growing number of individuals and families who need autism services in the Philadelphia community,” said David M. Maola, Esq., chief executive officer of the Center for Autism. “As we prepare to celebrate the Center’s 60th anniversary in 2015, Governor Corbett’s commitment to our organization’s future further supports the vital role we play in helping people with Autism Spectrum Disorder.”
The Center for Autism will use awarded EGI funds to renovate additional space in the facility, which will allow the organization to provide 350 more evaluations each year and serve 270 more individuals and families through its various treatment programs. The Economic Initiative Grant Program is administered by the Office of the Budget for the acquisition and construction of regional economic, cultural, civic, recreational, and historical improvement projects.