University of Florida Health has opened its Center for Autism and Neurodevelopment (CAN), which will provide specialized care and resources for children and adults with neurodevelopmental disorders and their families.
The 15,000-square-foot facility is located near UF Health’s Springhill medical complex, a renovation of the space formerly occupied by UF Health Shands Rehab Hospital. The project was supported by UF Health Shands, donors and UF’s “moonshot” initiative. UF’s Center for Autism and Related Disabilities is relocating to the new facility as well.
“This new center will expand services, provide access to community resources, promote research and create a single point-of-entry for patients and families navigating the multidisciplinary and specialized care we offer patients with autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders at UF Health,” David R. Nelson, MD, senior vice president for health affairs at UF and president of UF Health, said in a news release.
CAN is accepting patients of all ages with autism or a neurodevelopmental disorder, as well as those with Prader-Willi syndrome, neurofibromatosis, Rett syndrome and Down syndrome, among other disorders.