14 October 2016
Helping Autistic Children and Their Families

Nevada State Bank is proud to support Grant a Gift Autism Foundation, which recently achieved a landmark goal with the opening of the UNLV Medicine Ackerman Center for Autism and Neurodevelopment Solutions. Through a partnership with the UNLV School of Medicine, the new facility combines cutting-edge diagnostics, treatment, behavioral/vocational training, support programs, and education for infants to young adults affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder.

The 7,700-square-foot center, located at 630 S. Rancho Drive in Las Vegas, opened this summer and held a formal ribbon-cutting ceremony on October 13. Funds donated by Nevada State Bank helped finance the Treatment and Research Wing, where children and their families affected by autism can find the assistance and resources they need to have a higher quality life.

The Mayo Clinic defines Autism Spectrum Disorder as “a serious neurodevelopmental disorder that impairs a child’s ability to communicate and interact with others. It also includes restricted repetitive behaviors, interests and activities. These issues cause significant impairment in social, occupations and other areas of functioning.”*Children with autism often require a lifetime of services, including social skills services, empowerment and vocational training, and family/sibling programs.

The Grant a Gift Autism Foundation was founded in 2009 by a single mom, Lynda Tache, who struggled to get answers and help for her son, Grant, when he was showing signs of what we now call autism. One mother’s quest to provide the best care for her son became a mission to help other families affected by autism.

Grant a Gift Autism Foundation’s goals are to provide family-centered care through programs and services, and to help prepare individuals with autism to live as independent adults with functioning roles in their community. It collaborates with other organizations, state agencies, and providers to give Nevada children with Autism Spectrum Disorder a better quality of life and future as they transition into adults. The foundation also acts as a safety net by filling in treatment and funding gaps not covered by state and federal resources or insurance.

The foundation’s website points out that one in every 68 children under the age of eight is affected by autism, and 80 percent of them are boys.

  • Autism is the fastest-growing serious developmental disability in the U.S., and there is no medical detection or cure.
  • More than 7,500 children and young people in Nevada are living with some form of Autism Spectrum Disorder.
  • Treatment costs a family $40,000-$60,000 a year on average, and insurance usually covers only about 30-40 percent of the average cost of care.
  • In the U.S., it’s estimated that 50,000 youths with autism are transitioning into adults without adequate vocational and transition planning.

Opening the UNLV Medicine Ackerman Autism Center is a giant step toward helping Nevada families affected by autism. To help fill the community’s needs, Grant a Gift is raising funds to expand the center and its programs.

On Saturday, Nov. 5, it will hold the 7th Annual Fashion for Autism Gala at Aria Resort & Casino. In addition to honoring autism community heroes, it will feature a fashion showcase by Diane von Furstenberg, champagne and cocktail reception, silent and live auction, dinner, entertainment, and dancing. All proceeds from the gala benefit Grant a Gift Autism Foundation and the children and families affected by autism in Nevada.

Nevada State Bank congratulates Grant a Gift for bringing its dream of a treatment center to life and for all its contributions to improving the lives of children and families affected by autism. For more information on the foundation, visit www.grantagiftfoundation.org.

 

*www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/autism-spectrum-disorder/basics/definition/con-20021148

 

The information provided is presented for general informational purposes only and does not constitute tax, legal or business advice. Any views expressed in this article may not necessarily be those of Nevada State Bank, a division of ZB, N.A.

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