Caudwell Children International Centre for Childhood Disability
Caudwell Children provides practical and emotional support for thousands of children each year, with over 550 different medical conditions to date. Autism affects over half of the children that Caudwell support and is the most prevalent condition in the world.
In the UK alone, autism directly affects 2.7 million people and everyday and costs the UK taxpayer £32billion per year. Despite its prevalence, autism has no defined treatment and is among the least funded areas of research.
Caudwell Children are building an International Centre and it will be the UK’s first purpose-built centre for multi-disciplinary therapy programmes for childhood disability and research of neurodevelopmental conditions, including autism.
The design for the external shell has been finalised and has been sent out to tender, with contractors submitting their proposals next month
Total budget for the state of the art, holistic autism centre for children with autism and their families is £15,000,000.
The work on the centre is due to start in March 2016 and be completed in March 2017 with an Open Day predicted to take place on 2nd April 2017.
Of the £15,000,000 budget, The Utley Foundation wanted to grant £100,000 towards the project (£50,000 in 2015 and again in 2016).
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