An anonymous gift of $1-million has been given to the Family Autism Center at East Carolina University.
The major gift will help the center expand its services by increasing its professional staff and expand services for people with autism in Eastern North Carolina.
Marcy Romary, interim president for ECU's Medical & Health Sciences Foundation, said the recent gift was motivated by the donor's close relationship with grandparents of a child on the autism spectrum.
The Autism Center's director, Dr. Michael Reichel, says he and his staff couldn't be happier.
Since May 2013 the center has been providing developmental testing and screening tools that can identify children who might have autism spectrum disorders, developmental delays, pragmatic communication disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and other significant neurobehavioral conditions.
The center is located at 108-B West Fire Tower Road in Winterville.
Despite ongoing research, no one knows exactly what causes autism, and there is no single test to diagnose it.