Charity Spotlight: Emerald Coast Autism Center

The Emerald Coast Autism Center (ECAC) was founded in 2009 as the first large scale non-profit in the Okaloosa and Walton counties to fill a growing need for an educational and therapeutic resource for children with autism. With autism affecting 1 in 68 children in the United States, the importance of having an environment to improve the lives of these children and their families is hard to overlook. 

ECAC approaches their student’s education in a unique manner by focusing on individualized therapy with a one-to-one student-to-teacher ratio. ECAC also uses the Applied Behavior Analysis system (ABA) as the scientifically proven instruction program best suited to reach these amazing children as they learn and reach their full potential. All staff members are trained ABA therapists, certified teachers, or are in the process of taking Master’s level coursework toward special education or BCBA certification. 

While currently serving students from Pre-k through grade two, they anticipate extending to a higher grade level as their student population expands. In 2016, they were able to begin to make big steps towards this goal by starting a Capital Campaign to opening a brand new standalone center for autism in Niceville, Florida, located on the Northwest Florida State College campus! As this new building continues to grow and expand, it will ensure the long-term sustainability of their student population. We at DCWAF have been thrilled to support and watch their growth over the years. As partners, together we look forward to their future and seeing what other greatness they can provide to their students and our community!

To learn more about the Emerald Coast Autism or to donate to support their amazing work for their students and their families, CLICK HERE to visit their website. 

Published on Monday, February 5, 2018