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The Seattle Children’s Autism Guild formed to support the Seattle Children’s Autism Center’s efforts to eliminate barriers for care and to ensure families have access to diagnostic and clinical services. As a part of our efforts to support The Autism Center, we strive to foster hope in those families affected by autism. As a local and national resource, we are involved in promoting autism awareness and are committed to raising funds for autism and to promote the programs that are continually growing at the Seattle Children’s Autism Center.
In August 2009, Seattle Children’s Hospital opened its Autism Center to provide comprehensive and timely services to autism patients. It is programed to provide a full range of family-based care from early childhood through young adulthood. The Center is able to draw on the medical research expertise of a nationally recognized children’s hospital, while also providing necessary treatment, family support and therapy options tailored to address the evolving personal needs of each patient served.
Seattle Children’s wants families to be able to care for their child, not to worry about whether they’ll have to choose between their child’s health and their financial well-being. By filling in the gaps left between insurance shortfalls and/or the inability to pay, uncompensated care allows parents up to focus on getting their child well. All of our patients have access to the best medical care available in the region – regardless of their family’s ability to pay. In 2012, Children’s provided more than $113 million in uncompensated care.