Avondale House was established in 1976 by a group of parents of children with autism.
We started by providing weekend respite services and after-school services to these families, and later expanded our services to include educational programs.
We began in an old two-story home on Avondale Street, in the Montrose area, in a house we purchased and used as a group home until the mid-1980s. Our original school was located in the guest quarters in the back of this house.
In 1984, we outgrew the guest quarters and moved the school to 3611 Cummins, where we leased space from Central Presbyterian Church. While a great location, the space eventually could not accommodate the ever-growing needs of the agency and our clients. The growth and success of the school, however, did allow us to become a United Way affiliated agency in 1990.
In January 2006, Avondale’s Board of Directors launched a capital campaign to support the construction of a new facility to house the organization. As funds accumulated, great care was taken to design a building that would serve the needs of our clients, while allowing the continued growth of our agency and its programs.
The doors of our new, 33,000-square-foot facility on 3737 O’Meara Drive opened for business in January 2008. Among its features are bathrooms in every classroom, a fully-equipped playground, a large recreational room/gymnasium, a sensory integration room, and plenty of space for expansion.