Autism Foundation plans to create therapy center

The Lowcountry Autism Foundation is raising money for a comprehensive therapy center where young children (ages 2 to 6 developmentally) on the autism spectrum will receive an early childhood education with occupational, speech and applied behavior analysis embedded in the curriculum. The preschool program is planned to begin in January.

The center would offer two three-hour sessions. An after-school session for older kids who need speech therapy, applied behavior analysis or tutoring is in consideration. The foundation needs $93,000 for the first quarter and about $360,000 for the year. To donate money, call Tripp Ritchie at 843-524-5234 or mail a check or money order to Lowcountry Autism Foundation, P.O. Box 3, Port Royal, SC 29935.