By Mary Platt
Colorful balloons were afloat. Delighted children played with a permanently installed (and pretty awesome) electric train set, roamed the hallways searching for actors portraying Alice in Wonderland and the Mad Hatter, and devoured delicious Popsicles and Italian ice. All this fun was part of the grand opening festivities for the new Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders on Saturday, May 10.
The result of a vital partnership between UC Irvine, Chapman University, Children’s Hospital of Orange County, the Thompson Family Foundation and the Children and Families Commission of Orange County, the Center aims to become the nation’s premier facility for evaluation, treatment, education and research for the wide range of autism spectrum disorders, focusing on children and young people up to age 22.