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Announcing the Autism Center, Navicent Health

Open House Scheduled for Monday, November 16

MACON, GA (Friday, November 13, 2015) - In an effort to support central Georgia families living with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), Atrium Health Navicent is pleased to announce the Autism Center, Atrium Health Navicent (ACNH). The center will provide support for children, adolescents and families facing the challenges of living with ASD.

The community is cordially invited to an open house on Monday, November 16 at 5:00 p.m. at the Autism Center, Atrium Health Navicent (1014 Forsyth Street, Macon). After brief remarks from Atrium Health Navicent representatives and community partners, light refreshments will be served and tours of the center will be offered.

“At Atrium Health Navicent, we say that ‘everything about us is all about you,' and that is not just a line. Upon examination, we learned that access to diagnosis, treatment and support services for families in our region affected by autism was severely lacking and what services were available were difficult to navigate. We realized that we needed to fill this gap, and thus, the Autism Center, Atrium Health Navicent was created. We are pleased to be able to provide a much needed service to our community,” said Dr. Ninfa M. Saunders, President and CEO of Atrium Health Navicent.

ASD is a developmental disorder that can cause social, communication and behavioral challenges. According to estimates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 1 in 68 children in the U.S. have been identified with ASD, a disorder that affects all racial, ethnic and socioeconomic groups.

“Families affected by autism often face barriers to autism support resources. A well informed parent becomes an even more effective advocate for their child, leading to greater access to important ASD support services. At Autism Center, Atrium Health Navicent, our mission is to remove barriers and increase access to early diagnosis and treatment, as well as support services, in order to improve the lifetime development of the child,” said Tripp Ritchie Director of the Autism Center, Atrium Health Navicent

If you suspect that your child may have ASD or if your child has been diagnosed with ASD, we encourage you to call Autism Center, Atrium Health Navicent at 1-844-482-2264 to learn about the options and services available for your family.