As researchers nationwide learn more about autism, the rate of diagnosis has increased significantly in children.
1 in 150 children is diagnosed with autism – a complex neurobiological disorder, ranging from mild to severe, that impairs a person's ability to communicate and relate to others and typically lasts throughout a lifetime. Autism is diagnosed more than pediatric cancer, diabetes and AIDS, but because of the stigma attached to the condition, many parents don't seek help for their children.
"Early intervention plays a vital role in giving children with autism a chance at having as close to a normal life as possible," says Fran Heisner, a speech therapist at Southeast Alabama Medical Center. During Autism Awareness Month, celebrated each April and sponsored by the Autism Society of America (ASA), an opportunity is provided to educate the public about the condition that is usually evident by age 3.
Cancer program earns Avon grant
The Avon Breast Health Outreach Program has awarded a $45,000 one-year grant to the SAMC Foundation in support of the Southeast Regional Health Screening Program to increase awareness of the lifesaving benefits of early detection of breast cancer. It is the sixth year that the program has received funding from the Avon Foundation for Women to support its work on this important health issue, and in recognition of the program's excellence.
Pictured, from left, are: Scott Griffin, director of the Southeast Cancer Center; Dr. Jarrod Adkison, radiation oncologist; Valerie Barnes, executive director of SAMC Foundation; Dr. Steve Stokes, radiation oncologist and medical director of the Southeast Regional Health Screening Program; and Debra Stringer, coordinator of the screening program.
Corvias Campus Living is constructing student apartments on the campus of the Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine. Corvias approached college officials with a student housing solution which included construction and management of the rental units.
Corvias is a privately-owned, vertically-integrated real estate solutions company. Phase one of the project consists of three 30,864-square-foot residential apartment buildings, 117 bedrooms and a 3,000-square-foot clubhouse along with many outdoor amenities.
Corvias has a local office in Dothan and it has been responsible for Army housing at Fort Rucker since April 2006. Nearly $156 million has been spent on construction and development with 96 percent going to local and small businesses in the Wiregrass.
The on-campus apartments will open in July 2013 for the incoming class of 150 students. Students will be able to choose from one and two-bedroom floor plans, each with a private bathroom and fully-equipped kitchen. The units will feature modern and convenient amenities, including wireless internet and private study areas, and will be energy efficient.
"The development and management of student housing will add value to our campus life," said Ronald S. Owen, ACOM President. "Corvias approached ACOM about building and managing an on campus housing community offered for our medical students' unique needs."
Students living on-campus will enjoy access to a new clubhouse designed with a state-of-the-art fitness and cardio facility, as well as an open communal kitchen. In addition, there will be private, collaborative spaces available for students to study or socialize. Students will also benefit from the outside common areas where featured amenities include a swimming pool, basketball court, communal garden, and a playground.
"We are enthused and honored to have been selected for our first student housing partnership by ACOM's leadership," said Kurt Ehlers, Managing Director of Corvias Campus Living. "By doing what we do best – delivering the highest quality solutions to unique housing challenges, the college will be able to focus on its mission of offering the highest quality academic programs for its students for decades to come."