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$343,327 Grant from The Children’s Guild Foundation Supports Programs for Children with Autism and Special Needs

Updated: 10/17/2012
Board members for The Children’s Guild Foundation present the grant to physician and administrative leadership along with families of patients from Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo.

A check in the amount of $343,327 was awarded by The Children’s Guild Foundation to Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo to improve and meet patient demand for access to evaluation services at The Children’s Guild Foundation Autism Spectrum Disorder Center and Robert Warner MD Center for Children with Special Needs

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The funds will be used by Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo, in partnership with University Pediatric Associates (UPA), to conduct a nationwide search to recruit a full-time attending developmental pediatrician who will expand services and implement new and innovative approaches to care for children with special needs throughout Western New York.

This recruited specialist’s time will be divided equally between The Children’s Guild Foundation Autism Spectrum Disorder Center and the Robert Warner Center.  He or she will also further provide consultation to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and work to enhance training and research activities.

“The Children’s Guild Foundation has ensured specialized pediatric care for generations of families throughout Western New York,” said Martin T. Hoffman, M.D., Medical Director, Robert Warner Center for Children with Special Needs, Women & Children's Hospital of Buffalo.  “This most recent grant will now provide for expanded care for the many children diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder or with other special needs.”

The Children’s Guild Foundation has been an advocate for developmentally disabled children in Western New York and a long-time supporter of Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo.  Most recently, it awarded $2,000,000 for the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit to be built within the new hospital being constructed on High & Ellicott St. as well as $584,828 to create The Children’s Guild Foundation Autism Spectrum Disorder Center.  Previous contributions to the Robert Warner Center have improved the lives of countless children with special health care needs for over 60 years.

“Through this partnership, we are seeking to impact the lives of children with disabilities and their families by helping to ensure the best medical care is available for them,” said Wendy T. Stahlka, board chair of The Children’s Guild Foundation. 

The Children's Guild Foundation Autism Spectrum Disorder Center is the only center for medically-based, multidisciplinary evaluation and diagnosis of children with autism spectrum disorders in Western New York.   The Center takes a team-based approach to evaluation. During one visit, each child is seen by a developmental pediatrician, child neurologist, and child psychologist. After the visit, the team reviews the child and determines the diagnosis and/or need for any additional testing or services. 

The Robert Warner, MD, Center for Children with Special Needs of Women & Children's Hospital provides comprehensive rehabilitation services consisting of diagnostic, evaluative and therapeutic services to children in Western New York and surrounding areas with known or suspected disabilities.

The Children's Guild Foundation Autism Spectrum Disorder Center works closely with the Robert Warner Center to provide autism evaluation and support services for children who present at Robert Warner clinics who are exhibiting ASD symptoms.  Patients are supported through Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo’s many sub-specialty clinics and services, offering support and testing in areas such as occupational & speech therapy, nutrition and feeding, sleep disorders, genetic testing and imaging.

Incorporated in 1910, The Children's Guild Foundation provides financial support through grant funding to nonprofit organizations working in the fields of medical, behavioral, developmental, learning and mental health that strive to enhance and/or improve the quality of life for children with special needs.  In addition, the Foundation funds research initiatives, both locally and nationally, which concentrate in the area of pediatric developmental disabilities.


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