Footprints Center for Autism seeks facility in Lake County, plans to open in September
Footprints Center for Autism, which started out as just a dream for three women who wanted to make a difference in the community, is becoming a reality.
Executive Director Erin Bolyard, along with Clinical Directors Nicole Best and Claire Caldarea, plan to open a center with a mission to provide comprehensive, collaborative, and child-centered programming for individuals with autism in a positive and non-restrictive learning environment so that each child can reach their highest potential and achieve excellence in all aspects of life.
“We all collectively wanted to make a difference in anybody that has been affected by autism and we wanted to help change their lives,” said Best, 35, of Madison. “We wanted to provide them with education, we wanted to provide them with therapy, we wanted to provide them with a place where they can go and where they know their students will be loved and well-taken care of, as well as be provided the best education as possible.”
Bolyard, 27, of Mentor-on-the-Lake, said they hope to find a facility in eastern Lake County.
“We wanted to keep it in our home of Lake County, but be accessible to Geauga and Ashtabula students, too,” she said.
Footprints Center for Autism recently became officially incorporated as a nonprofit organization in Ohio and hope to open its doors to students in September.
They plan to offer day treatment; special education services; occupational and speech therapy; and parent/professional learning opportunities.
Bolyard said they also are going to register to become an Autism Scholarship provider