One in every 88 U.S. children has been diagnosed with autism, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. To address the critical needs across the nation and in northwest Ohio, ProMedica has opened a new autism center with several area programs and resources under one roof. The new ProMedica Toledo Children's Hospital Autism Center is located at 2040 W. Central Ave. in Toledo. Services are offered by several members of a community network called the Toledo Regional Autism Network (TRAN).
The goal of TRAN and the autism center is to combine support services that have been fragmented, disjointed and difficult to access. By leveraging the resources of the respective organizations, TRAN is able to better serve the needs of individuals with autism and their families and caregivers.
"The network and new facility help us to communicate and coordinate better, which allows us to help families of those recently diagnosed with autism quickly and effectively by locating the right services that fit each family's unique situation," noted Catina Harding, Great Lakes Collaborative for Autism executive director and facilitator of TRAN.