Grant Awarded to Rich Center

The Rich Center for Autism got a helping hand from a local charity Thursday.

The Ronald McDonald House board members visited the center at Youngstown State University Thursday and presented the school with a check for $2,500.

The visit came during a party for the kids celebrating the end of the school year.

The donation will help parents pay for early intervention, starting with children who are 2 1/2 years old.

“The reason why that’s so important is that with autism, if we can catch it early and can start our therapies early, the better chance that these children can live to their fullest potential,” said Lisa Long, director of development.

The Ronald McDonald House charity has been a supporter of the Rich Center for Autism since it began in 1995.

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