UF Health leaders cut the ribbon on its new Center for Autism and Neurodevelopment on Feb. 20, a multidisciplinary, collaborative facility that will provide specialized care and resources to children and adults with neurodevelopmental disorders and their families.
“In and around the Gainesville community, parents have had barriers to obtaining diagnoses, assessments and appropriate treatments for their children,” said Carol Mathews, M.D., interim director of the new center. “This new center will break down those barriers. We will help increase access to appropriate diagnostic services and care.”
Known as UF Health CAN, the 15,000-square-foot center near UF Health’s Springhill medical complex features two full-time patient navigators to help families coordinate multiple aspects of care both on- and off-site with expert clinicians, including physicians, occupational therapists, speech-language pathologists, physical therapists and psychologists. The facility boasts a gym with a rock-climbing wall and state-of-the-art equipment for occupational, speech and physical therapy; rooms for clinical/behavioral intervention research; clinical space for telemedicine; and new offices for outreach, advocacy and support services.