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FOCUS Center for Autism has been working with children and adolescents on the Autism Spectrum since 1992. As it grew and expanded, the name may have changed but the purpose and dedication to this special and unique population has been unwavering.


  • 1992: FOCUS is founded as Focus Child and Family Center
  • 1993: FOCUS’s first summer program!
  • 1994: FOCUS begins to draw in clients with Autism Spectrum Disorders, anxiety, and learning/processing problems
  • 1998: FOCUS opens their After School Program at Canton location
  • 2000: FOCUS becomes FOCUS Alternative Learning Center
  • 2004: FOCUS is licensed as a year-round Extended Day Treatment (EDT) program; FOCUS forms the “Autism Spectrum Unplugged” panel
  • 2006: FOCUS’s DVD, “Milieu Therapy” debuts.
  • 2007: FOCUS opens Shannon House Level II Therapeutic Group Home for boys 14-21
  • 2008: FOCUS opens Red Stone Therapeutic Supportive Housing for young men 18-25
  • 2009: EDT changes its admission to serve children 5-18; the Clinical Educational Support Program begins; “FOCUS on Autism” premieres on Nutmeg TV
  • 2011: FOCUS officially changes its name from FOCUS Alternative Learning Center to FOCUS Center for Autism