World Class Facility Opens in Portage - The Great Lakes Center for Autism Treatment and Research

Pictured above: ROI CEO, Scott Schrum and Lt. Gov. Brian Calley, along with SWMHSHL coaches and players from the Kalamazoo Eagles & Kalamazoo Blades, & KOHA U8 players. Photo courtesy of Kingscott

The center is a collaborative effort between Residential Opportunities, Inc., and the Western Michigan University Department of Psychology. It provides state-of-the-art educational, psychological, social and medical services in both inpatient and outpatient settings and applies the latest and most effective methods of Applied Behavior Analysis.


The Southwest Michigan High School Hockey League (SWMHSHL), Kalamazoo Optimist Hockey Association (KOHA), and the Kalamazoo Blades and Kalamazoo Eagles High School Hockey Teams have come together with support from Residential Opportunities, Inc. to put together an event that will allow our local Youth Hockey players to be part of the 1st Annual “Youth Hockey Fights for Kids with Autism” Event that will help raise Autism awareness in our Kalamazoo community and more importantly help to raise much needed funds for the treatment of children with Autism.

On Saturday, December 15th, 2012 at the Wings Stadium Complex, ALL SIX SWMHSHL teams and ALL TWELVE KOHA U8 teams will be playing consecutively in an attempt to increase awareness and raise funds to benefit the new Great Lakes Center for Autism Treatment and Research. This new facility will serve youth ages 7 to 17. The hockey players that will be part of our event will also range in age from 6 to 17. The KOHA U8 program consists of 12 teams made up of 160 players primarily ages 6-8. The SWMHSHL consists of 6 local High School teams made up of 117 High School players ranging in birth years 93 to 97.


  • 1 in every 88 children receives a diagnosis of autism.*
  • With early intensive behavioral intervention, 50% of children with a diagnosis of autism are expected to develop typical functioning.*
  • The diagnosis of children with autism is increasing 10-17% annually.*
  • The cost of insurance coverage for treatment of the diagnosis of autism is estimated to be 36 cents per covered life per month.*

*Sources include: Centers for Disease Control, Autism Speaks, National Autism Center and Autism Alliance of Michigan.

Please mark your calendar for Saturday, December 15th -- and check back at for information as we get closer to the event for ways that you can help support our "Youth Hockey Fights Autism" event.