Including Kids, a non-profit organization that works with kids and young adults with autism and related developmental delays, has began clearing land for their new state-of-the-art treatment center in Atascocita.
The new facility will be located next to the Atascocita Ace Hardware on Timber Forest Drive. A portion of the property was donated by two longtime supporters of Including Kids, and an adjacent parcel was purchased by the organization.
Including Kids began in 2003, serving 10 kids and their families. The organization now provides services for about 150 kids each year.
Including Kids is $1 million into a $4 million capital campaign that was launched to purchase the property, buy fixtures and furniture for the special student population they serve, and more.
“It is so exciting to see that almost three years of hard work in planning and fundraising are now paying off,” said Jennifer Dantzler, executive director of Including Kids. “It is truly a dream come true to have not only a facility but an entire campus that is designed to help children and young adults with autism not only succeed, but excel.”
The new facility, designed specifically with the needs of children and young adults with autism in mind, will be an extension of the organization’s early intensive therapies and program offerings, allowing for future expansion so the organization can continue to provide even more young people with intervention and instruction in areas including language, academics, and behavior management, as well as social, domestic, and vocational skills.
“The support from our parents and donors is so humbling,” Dantzler said. “I am eternally grateful for the love and support.”
The official groundbreaking for the new 2.5-acre facility in Atascocita is scheduled to take place on July 15, 2016 at 9am.
Including Kids is currently located at 5364 FM 1960 Rd East near Jumpalooza and Sarpino’s. For more information about the services for children, young adults, and their families can be found at http://www.includingkids.org or by calling 281-852-0501.