(WAVE) - A dedication was held today to celebrate the opening of the U of L Center at Kosair Charities at 1405 Burnett Ave. It's mission is to focus its research, education and care to help people with Autism Spectrum Disorder. The University of Louisville and Kosair Charities are partnering to create a space for the center through a charitable lease of the facility at the Kosair Charities Centre.
"This is really big for the university - there are so many important things going on in the autism area from education to clinical activities to research to outreach but this really gives us a home to bring them all together," said U of L President James Ramsey before the ceremony.
Jerry Ward, Chairman of the Board of Kosair Charities said "Kosair Charities has a history of expanding our relationship with other non-profit organizations in the community to help more children and by entering with another strategic partnership with the University of Louisville, we were able to help additional children".
Former state representative Scott Brinkman has a 26-year-old son with autism. He said, "For the families, and there's no more hopeless feeling in the world when you realize your child has a serious condition such as Autism Spectrum Disorder, you feel so alone and to have this resource this center there waiting for them to call to arrange for this initial consultation and to develop a treatment plan for the child and to have those therapies in one place, it's going to be phenomenal for the families in this community and our region."
The lobby of the center will be named for Sandy Metts Snowden, a local realtor and community volunteer who has worked tirelessly to raise money and awareness of autism after her grandson was diagnosed with it.
The value of the lease for the new center is two million dollars over the next 15 years. It is a generous gift from Kosair Charities, a name synonymous with helping children.
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