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Jon and Mary Dittrich have four young boys who all receive services at the Achievement Centers. They found us through their search for services for their oldest son, Will (7), who was diagnosed with autism at age five. After receiving services with other providers, they immediately knew ACC was different during their first visit with Will. “We trust it so much here. It wasn’t just the comfort we felt, it was the staff expertise. Our therapist Steve has so much experience, especially with very young children.”

Seeing the progress Will was making, progress that had been so elusive before, they brought twins, Charlie and Mack (4), and eventually their youngest, Ben (2), for therapy at ACC. All of the boys are working to correct speech apraxia with speech therapist, Steve McDermott, and Ben receives occupational therapy with therapist, Meghan Roach.

When a move left them with a 30-minute commute to ACC, Mary couldn’t imagine going anywhere else. They continued to come even when it was recommended that Charlie could benefit from coming in twice a week to increase his progress. “We stayed because we know it works here. The kids love it. They don’t ever have a problem leaving me to go into sessions.”

It’s our mission that every family, regardless of their financial situation, has the same opportunity as the Dittrich family to receive the critical services they need as early as possible. We rely on the generous support of donors like you to make sure each young child can grow to reach their greatest potential.

"The therapists have so much skill and knowledge. They're easy to talk to, helpful and supportive of my decisions to get each of my children what they need."

Mary Dittrich
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