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Fort Gratiot, MI: Local autism provider hopes to expand to other counties

June 28, 2019, Port Huron (MI) Times Herald: New autism services center opens in Fort Gratiot …The autism service provider has opened a new location in Fort Gratiot, looking to provide both center-based and in-home care. Owner and president Paul Semian started Attendant Care Services about 15 years ago, providing in-home health services. A year ago, the company moved into providing autism services in hopes of filling gaps around the metro-Detroit area. … In addition to the Fort Gratiot location, Attendant Care Autism Services currently has a location in Macomb County and is looking to add locations in Wayne County and Oakland County later this year, Semian said. … Lead Board Certified Behavior Analyst Anna Pedue said the center fills a gap for services in the area. When an area does not have access to autism services, Pedue, who's own son is on the Autism spectrum, said patients often go without services, or their families have to make long commutes to access those services, which can strain costs. … Semian said he wants to work with families who do not qualify for Medicaid and also whose private insurance does not cover the services. He hopes to establish parent support groups and to "scholarship" some patients to address this. He said he'd like to become a resource center around the Thumb. …


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