La-Z-Boy presents gift to Ozark Center for Autism

Wednesday, March 31, 2010 - La-Z-Boy presents gift to Ozark Center for Autism

JOPLIN, Mo.--On Tuesday, March 30, 2010, La-Z-Boy Midwest General Manager Bill Snow, Human Resources Manager Jason Gorham, and Human Resources Team Leader Duane Bullard presented Ozark Center for Autism with a check for $5,000 from the La-Z-Boy Foundation. In return, the students presented La-Z-Boy with a special handmade thank you card. Following the presentation and a cookie break with some of the children, Ozark Center for Autism Clinical Director Jennifer Kirby took Snow, Gorham, and Bullard on a tour of the school.
This gift benefits the Ozark Center for Autism Scholarship Fund to help increase enrollment and provide assistance to families needing financial help to send their children to the school.

“We are so grateful to the La-Z-Boy Foundation for their support of Ozark Center for Autism and our children,” said Ozark Center for Autism Clinical Director Jennifer Kirby.

Autism is the fastest growing childhood developmental disability and affects a child’s ability to communicate with loved ones and interact with the world. Ozark Center for Autism provides the only evidence-based treatment proven to be effective—Applied Behavior Analysis. In this intensive one-on-one therapy, teachers prepare preschoolers to function as independently as possible.

Since opening in October 2007, the school is experiencing excellent outcomes and the children are progressing in communication, learning, and social development.

Ozark Center for Autism also offers new in-home services, art classes for teens, and plans to continue to expand services to reach older children and adults.

About Ozark Center
An integral component of Freeman Health System based in Joplin, Missouri, Ozark Center provides comprehensive behavioral health services to children, adults, and families in an area that includes more than 450,000 residents from Missouri, Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Kansas. Ozark Center continually looks for innovative ways to address the mental health needs of the community and promote awareness of mental illness in an effort to eliminate the discrimination associated with it.

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