Project HOPE Foundation and Greenwood Genetic Center Join Forces

The Project HOPE Foundation in Greenville has joined with the Greenwood Genetic Center to develop a program that will give families with autistic children an integrated approach to delivering services and support and conducting research.

Called Helix and Hope, the program brings Project HOPE's Applied Behavioral Analysis therapy for autism to Greenwood with plans to grow ABA and other therapies there, as well as explore personalized therapeutic models, support education models that promote inclusion, enhance independent living and job skills training, and formulate evidence-based medical strategies, officials said.

Project HOPE is a center in Greenville that offers therapy, education, training, family support, social groups, adult services and employment to people with autism and their families. Pooling resources and sharing expertise will foster success, officials said.

“Helix and Hope was born out of a desire to provide individuals with access to proven therapeutic services and educational opportunities along side the latest in scientific discoveries and potential treatments,” said center director Steve Skinner. “By combining our expertise and resources with that of Project HOPE Foundation, we hope to better understand the biology of (autism spectrum disorders), deliver needed services, expand opportunities for inclusion, and formulate medical treatment strategies.”