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The Autism Clinic at Hope Receives $20,000 COVID-19 Grant from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois

Springfield, IL – To help ease the ongoing needs of Illinoisans created by the COVID-19 pandemic, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois (BCBSIL) has awarded The Autism Clinic at Hope a $20,000 grant as part of BCBSIL’s latest round of giving aimed at helping the helpers.

Thanks to this generous grant from Blue Cross Blue Shield, The Autism Clinic at Hope will be able to purchase room dividers and additional personal protective equipment for our therapists to continue supporting social distancing. With room dividers and PPE, Hope can continue to provide essential therapy services to as many children with autism as possible while maintaining the safest environment of care. Hope children in seventeen Illinois counties will receive life-changing therapies and experience no interruptions in care. Room dividers will ensure that multiple children can safely receive therapy in the same room, and PPE will safeguard our essential clinicians who provide vital therapy services every day.

BCBSIL selected 175 organizations across Illinois with missions focused on access to care, hunger, shelter and behavioral health care, and COVID-19 health education and vaccine access to receive $20,000 grants as part of its COVID-19 Community Collaboration Fund.

“A year into the pandemic and the health, economic and social impacts around Illinois are still great,” said Harmony Harrington, vice-president government and community relations for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois. “We’re proud to be able to help so many organizations increase their capacity to help more people receive the help they need.”

See the full list of grantees.

About Hope

Founded in 1957, Hope is an educational innovator for individuals with disabilities which grew from a residential campus in Springfield and has since expanded to become so much more. We now impact thousands of individuals who represent a broad spectrum of learning styles and abilities. Through our multi-state outpatient Autism Clinics providing ABA therapy and diagnostics, our school and in-home skilled therapeutic services offered through Therapy Relief at Hope, our academies in Chicago and Springfield, our residential program, our vocational program, and our clinical expertise provided through the Illinois Crisis Prevention Network, Hope has been able to pioneer cutting edge interventions that support individuals to achieve optimally, regardless of socioeconomic background, learning style, or disability. The individuals we serve enjoy improved learning outcomes, increased confidence, independence and a greater appreciation for differences.

About Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois (BCBSIL) is committed to expanding access to quality, cost-effective health care to as many people as possible in Illinois. BCBSIL is dedicated to innovation and exploring, nurturing and activating future possibilities to make the health care system work better for our members and our communities.