It’s the first day of World Autism Awareness month and a new autism centre will be opening in Prince George this summer.
The Pacific Autism Family Network will offer families who have autistic children a chance to find support, guidance and have access to resources that aren’t currently available.
PAFN opened their 60,000 square foot hub in Richmond in November, and the Prince George centre will be the first of eight spokes to be built in B.C.
The new 3,000 square foot facility will be located at the Gateway Centre on Victoria Street, and is the first of its kind in North America.
The facility will include a learning library, activity rooms along with therapy rooms.
Co-founder Wendy Lisogar-Cocchia says there isn’t a target date set for opening but it will open sometime this summer.
The province offered up a special $20 million grant in 2007 with PAFN committing to raise $7 million, but it has raised $12 million to date.