The 2013 Love Light fund-raiser, sponsored by the Agnesian HealthCare Foundation, raised more than $9,000 to help uninsured or underinsured families that could benefit from the evaluations, therapy or assessment tools offered at the Agnesian Autism, Behavior & Communication Center (AABCC).
The AABCC, located at Doll & Associates, is the first center in the area to provide comprehensive, coordinated help to individuals and families. Families that call the center can expect to receive help and guidance.
Sarah Arnold, PsyD, and Teresa Davenport, PhD, NSCP, both with Agnesian HealthCare’s Doll & Associates, served as Love Light co-chairpersons.
“We are honored to be the recipients for this year’s Love Light project,” according to Arnold. “Love Light is a perfect metaphor for what we are aiming to do with AABCC since we are working to light the way for families when they are faced with challenges surrounding autism and other communication and behavior disorders.
“Families often face hurdles of long wait periods for assessment and diagnosis of autism, long waits for treatment and difficulties with insurance coverage,” Arnold explains. “We aim to help families access services in a timely fashion by obtaining a comprehensive assessment with specific recommendations for their child. We know that early intervention is vital to helping children with autism and want to provide more opportunities for families to be able to access services as early as possible.”
AABCC provides developmentally-appropriate assessments using state-of-the-art tools for all of ages and abilities, according to Davenport. “Through the Love Light campaign, we will be able to continue to stay at the forefront of diagnostic procedures. Our evaluation team truly represents a pooling of resources, and includes a psychologist, speech and language pathologist, and occupational therapist. The use of a multidisciplinary team aids in accurate diagnoses and allows for the evaluation of a child’s strengths and weaknesses in a variety of contexts.”
“We are filled with gratitude for the many that purchased Love Lights this year to reach out to assist area families who can benefit from AABCC services,” according to Rita Meidam, Agnesian HealthCare Foundation executive director. “We are so fortunate that the community shows such strong support for our annual Love Lights program.”
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