Spring Harbor and Olympia Sports Team Up
to Support Autism Research
To celebrate Autism Awareness Month, Olympia Sports stores will give customers the opportunity to donate $1, $5 or $10 during the entire month of April to further autism research. Donations will advance research conducted by the Autism Inpatient Research Collaborative founded by Matthew Siegel, M.D., Director of the Developmental Disorders Program at Spring Harbor Hospital.
Autism is a development disability that typically appears during the first three years of life. It is estimated that one in 88 children are diagnosed with Autism.
Spring Harbor’s state-of- the-art Developmental Disorders Program is one of only nine psychiatric hospital units in the country that specializes in serving children with autism.
Funds raised through the Olympia Sports Autism Awareness campaign will directly support autism research through the Autism Inpatient Research Collaborative. The Collaborative is a network of specialized child psychiatry units throughout the country, including one at Spring Harbor Hospital, that serve children and adolescents with autism and developmental disorders. These units have formed a collaborative in order to leverage their expertise and high number of patients to develop a platform for clinical research.
“We have over 1,400 children with autism admitted to our Autism Inpatient Research Collaborative each year,” stated Dr. Siegel, “and this provides a powerful platform to perform clinical trials and develop diagnostic tools to advance autism treatment.” Research through the Collaborative will focus on the under-studied non-verbal population, as well as those patients who exhibit self injurious behavior.
Dennis King, Spring Harbor CEO, said, “We are so fortunate to have Olympia Sports join us in this crucial effort to find the best treatments for those with autism. It exemplifies their history as a corporate citizen of Maine and beyond.”
Founded in 1975 in South Portland, Maine, Olympia Sports is a family oriented sporting goods company that has grown to more than 200 stores serving the Northeast and Middle Atlantic regions.