TouchPoint Autism Services Adds Four Board Members to Support Growth
St. Louis, MO –TouchPoint Autism Services, the oldest and largest provider of autism services in Missouri, announced the addition of four key members to its Board of Directors. Today, with 1 in 100 children born being diagnosed with autism, these St. Louis executives and community volunteers will help TouchPoint meet the growing demand for autism services across the state.
Marcus Adrian, AIA, is a Principal with Mackey Mitchell Architects in St. Louis. Recognized nationally as an expert in design of learning spaces for children with sensory and cognitive needs, Marcus has consulted on the design of early childhood development centers from Texas to Delaware on projects totaling more than $150 million in construction value – including the newly opened autism center on the campus of Southeast Missouri State University. Marcus is well-versed in the use of 3-dimensional modeling and visualization to help children with limited sensory capacity learn effectively.
Tim Eby is the General Manager of St. Louis Public Radio | 90.7 KWMU. Tim moved from Columbus, Ohio, a year ago to take over at the local NPR member station. Two of Tim’s three children are on the autism spectrum. After settling in to St. Louis, he connected with TouchPoint as the leading autism services provider in the area. As NPR stations are funded largely by private donations, Tim understands development and has extensive board experience, having served as the board chair for the national NPR organization for three years.
Dan Kelley, Associate Director of Business Development at Ernst & Young, has a special interest in TouchPoint. Dan’s daughter, Olivia, was diagnosed with autism in 2007. In September 2008, Dan, his wife, Alisa, and Olivia completed the parent training program at TouchPoint – and the results were astounding. Olivia spoke for the first time and the family has since seen incredible improvement in both Olivia and their family dynamics. Dan brings 20-plus years of professional communication, sales, and management experience. He has been active in raising money for a variety of statewide non-profits.
Finally, long-time TouchPoint supporter, Scott Ririe, has also joined the TouchPoint board. Scott is Managing Partner for CTS Group, a local firm that modernizes facilities, especially academic institutions, to help them operate more efficiently while providing safe and comfortable environments. Scott’s wife, Shelley, has long been an important part of TouchPoint’s Festival of Trees committee – the Festival is in its 27th year and this past year raised more than $250,000 to help children and adults with autism.
About TouchPoint – In the past year, TouchPoint Autism Services has undergone a management restructuring and a name change (formerly Judevine Center for Autism). TouchPoint serves more than 2,700 children and adults statewide and serves in 96 counties in Missouri.TouchPoint provides services for children, adolescents, adults, and families. Through a variety of services based on Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), TouchPoint provides proven, evidence-based treatment options, including:
Therapeutic Parent Education Program – Site-based and In-home;
Individual Support – In-home, Site-based, Pre-vocational;
Adult Services – site-based and community-based;
Autism Assessments including
o Behavioral Assessments (FBA & ADOS)
o Communication Assessment
o Sensory Assessment
o Music Assessment
In addition, TouchPoint Autism Services offers the following:
Parent Support Groups, Sibling Support Workshops, Social
Groups, Natural Support Workshops;
ABA Classroom; and
Clinical Services including
Communication Therapy (Speech, Language, Assistive;
Occupational & Sensory Therapy;
The mission of TouchPoint is to make a real difference in the quality of life for children and adults with autism and their families, wherever they may live. To learn more about these or other services TouchPoint Autism Services provides, please visit www.touchpointautism.org or call 314-432-6200.
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