Thompson Center Celebrates Move

8 years 11 months 1 week ago Saturday, December 04 2010 Dec 4, 2010 Saturday, December 04, 2010 5:05:16 AM CST December 04, 2010 in News
COLUMBIA - The Thompson Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders opened its new and improved doors on Friday to celebrate its new facility. Governor Nixon cut the ribbon Friday morning in front of Thompson Center employees, MU Chancellor Brady Deaton, and new Executive Director Dr. Joel Bregman. The Thompson Center moved from its old location at 300 Portland Street to 205 Portland Street.

The center works to help children and their families confront the challenges of autism. The Thompson Center put a major emphasis on research and education,

"Now we have tools to figure out neurological problems, and to figure them out at a level to intervene," said professor Judith Miles.

The new building nearly doubles the facility in size. The old building had 14,210 square feet and the new location has 26,550 square feet.

University of Missouri Chancellor Brady Deaton said the space was much needed. "It does provide additional space for faculty who were in very cramped quarters and trying to address the needs at multiple locations. And now it brings it together enables us to reach out across the state," said Deaton.

The Center said it received a $5 million state appropriation to fund the project and a $742,500 in federal appropriations thanks to Senator Kit Bond.

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