Rich Center in Youngstown is great resource for families affected by autism


April 2 is World Autism Day, a special day set aside to increase the understanding and acceptance of autism.

Since being established in the late ’90s, the Rich Center for Autism has given families and their children the support and love needed to reach their full potential, changes you can see right before your eyes.

Boardman boy finds home in Rich Center for Autism

The Rich Center combines current research and innovative theories in education to improve the lives of children with autism.

“It’s hard work and I want to emphasize that, but you know over those periods of time seeing the growth in the students is tremendous and it really gives us the motivation to keep doing what we’re doing each and every day,” said Greg Boerio, director of academics and outreach for the Rich Center.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, around 1 in every 59 children will be diagnosed with autism this year.

Be sure to tune in to 33 WYTV at 7:30 p.m. tonight as we team up with our sister station, WCMH in Columbus, for the latest edition of “The Autism Puzzle.” During the special, Evening Anchor Lindsey Watson will have more details about the Lopatta family and how The Rich Center for Autism has changed their lives.

Our coverage starts during 33 News at 6 p.m. with a live phone bank to answer any questions you may have.

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