By Andrea Cline/Times Sentinel managing editor
Zionsville is now home to a state of the art facility that will serve children and young adults with autism.
The Behavior Analysis Center for Autism held a grand opening Thursday morning, Oct. 25, at their new facility, 6704 Central Blvd., Whitestown.
BACA was previously serving children and young adults with autism and their families in a temporary location at nearby Eagle Church. The group broke ground on the new building in April and officially moved in on Oct. 1.
BACA Clinical Director Sheila Habarad said the purpose of the new facility is to expand its services and chose the area for its location.
“This beautiful new building and convenient location will allow our current clients on the northwest side of Indianapolis and in the Zionsville area the opportunity to spend more time with their families while still receiving quality treatment,” said Sheila Habarad, clinical director of BACA. “The new facility will also allow BACA to serve more families on the northwest side, such as Brownsburg, Avon, Sheridan, Lebanon and Lafayette.”
Habarad said the building has a large motor room (indoor play area), hanging swings, a balance beam, bikes, scooters and bouncing balls. There is also a media room with computers, classrooms, a full-size operating kitchen, an individual one-on-one therapy rooms and an outside playground.
Carl Sundberg, executive director and president of BACA, said he was excited about opening a new facility.
“It’s really exciting for us to be one of the first in the community,” he said. “This experience has been a real eye opener because we have never really been on the business side, but we are going to create 50, 60, 70 jobs and can be a major part in business.”
BACA provides a continuum of Applied Behavior Analysis services to children and young adults with autism in four different locations, including new centers in Zionsville and Elkhart. Treatment is based on current research findings from the most experienced scholars in the field of behavior analysis in the areas of: teaching language, social, self-help, academic and employment skills.
The local facility is serving six clients at the center and one outside of the center.
BACA is now accepting new clients and will serve up to 40 children and employ approximately 50 staff.
Contact Habarad at email@example.com or call 769-4335 or visit www.thebaca.com for more information.
Times Sentinel Reporter Matt Werner contributed to this story.