One of Western New York’s largest nonprofit agencies is changing its name to better reflect expanded programming.
The Summit Center is the new name for Summit Educational Resources, a decision made to help convey the agency’s programs go beyond just education.
With four main divisions, the agency offers 30 programs ranging from autism eligibility and educational services for children to behavioral health, family and community training and service coordination as well as adult day programs and vocational/employment services.
“This new name reflects our growth and expansion into areas beyond education,” said Stephen Anderson, CEO. “We felt it more accurately reflects this umbrella of activity, this hub from which things happen. Now and into the future, we can put anything into the hub and not have to worry about the name.”
Operating on a budget of about $24 million and a staff of more than 600, Summit serves more than 2,300 children and adults with developmental, social and behavioral challenges. It was ranked No. 22 among the region’s 300 largest nonprofits on the Business First Million Dollar Nonprofits list.
It also operates the WNY Regional Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders, which provide support to families and professionals in seven counties; and Summit Autism Center, which facilitates collaboration with academic and research partners to study therapeutic interventions for autism.
Though autism and educational services account for more than half of agency revenues, non-education programs represent the fastest growing portion of Summit’s budget. That includes behavioral health, including adults with and without autism who also have severe behavioral disorders; as well as individuals of all ages with feeding disorders or non-medical restricted diets, including behaviorally-based irregular eating habits. The agency this year also added its first day program for adults with autism, and may add two more day programs next year.