It began with a real need
The Hopebridge program was one of the first of its kind in Indiana when it opened its doors in 2005.
The idea arose while Hopebridge Founder Kim Strunk served the children in her community as an occupational therapist. After seeing characteristics that appeared to be associated with autism – and parents running their kids from place to place to treat them – she knew there must be a better, more intensive way to get them care and learning tools they needed to succeed…
Enter a complementary, multi-disciplinary approach, rooted in the evidence-based applied behavior analysis (ABA). At the time, it didn’t fit the traditional framework of autism therapy, nor did insurance companies recognize ABA services, making the services cost prohibitive for some. With help from her team, Strunk’s determination and ongoing effort provided new opportunities and options at Hopebridge for this underserved population.
Now, more than a decade later, this community lives in a much more accessible place. What stemmed from a dream and one center in Indiana, now spans the Midwest and has brought new light to thousands of families.