Anthony Brenner and his family became greatly frustrated when he and his wife were forced to take their autistic daughter, Bailey, to a state institution in North Carolina to keep her from self-harm and destruction. Brenner decided it was time to take action and become more proactive in the autism community. The outcome: the Bird’s Nest, a 40,000 square-foot building in Western North Carolina that would serve autistic people of all ages.
Brenner joined forces with Julie Buckley, a physician who also has an autistic child, in developing this center. Buckley’s daughter regressed at age 4, but luckily with therapy services and dietary changes, her daughter is now verbal. This “campus” will serve in all areas regarding autism,
“It’s not just a home. It’s one very, very large 40,000 square-foot building. Within that building, there will be residential facilities, there will be a therapeutic center, there will be a magnet school and a recreation and amusement component.”[i]
This all-inclusive facility is the first of its kind for both children and adults with autism in Western North Carolina, and will be mounted on donated land in Weaverville. Instead of parents having to drive their children to different locations for their therapies, it will all be practiced in one building.
[i] “Black Mountain Views” Asheville designer works to create autism facility. 17 Oct 2013. Web. < http://www.blackmountainnews.com/article/20131018/NEWS/310180010/Bird-s-Nest-a-home-more-for-the-autistic>