YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The Rich Center for Autism celebrated more than 25 years of improving the lives of individuals with autism through innovative educational programs.
A 25th anniversary gala, held last summer at the Eastwood Mall Event Center, was attended by more than 300 people and raised nearly $100,000 for the Rich Center, says Dr. Gregory Boerio, executive director.
Throughout 2021, the Rich Center was able to hold in-person classes without a single confirmed COVID case among the student population, due to adherence of safety protocols.
The Rich Center completed infrastructure improvements and added an independent living and life skills lab, both of which will facilitate greater self-sufficiency for students.
The center also introduced the Robokind curriculum, which uses robots as a tool in fostering stronger social and emotional development, Boerio says.
The Rich Center for Autism touches all children of all socio-economic backgrounds and cultures, Boerio says. Children are enrolled in the programs regardless of their caregivers’ ability to pay. Referral, treatment and support are provided at no cost to families.