Center for Adults with Autism to expand with health care and other facilities funding
TOWSON, Md. (October 7, 2009) - The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has awarded more than $470,000 to Dean Charlotte Exner and the College of Health Professions to develop facilities for the Center for Adults with Autism. The center was established in February 2008 with a generous donation from Therese and Douglas Erdman, in order to “empower young adults who have ASD to keep learning and to live life to their fullest.”
The facilities that will be renovated with the DHHS award will include space that allows for appropriate and effective program offerings for young adults on the autism spectrum and outreach to the public and employers about individuals with autism, while concurrently addressing student education and applied research. With the improved facilities, the center expects the number of young adults on the autism spectrum directly served annually via Towson University’s Center for Adults with Autism will increase substantially - from approximately 60 in 2008 to at least 200 in 2011. The number of graduate students in programs such as occupational therapy, speech-language pathology, and education who have clinical experiences with young adults on the spectrum at the center is anticipated to triple.