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Ground-breaking ceremony held for new autism family centre

WATCH: It was a ground breaking day for a new facility in Richmond that aims to provide a broad spectrum of resources and support for children, adults and seniors with autism and their families in BC. Jill Krop reports. 

Ground was broken in Richmond today for a new center that will help families cope with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

The $33-million Pacific Autism Family Centre was spearheaded by Sergio and Wendy Cocchia.

It will bring together state-of-the-art research, treatment models and support systems. The centre will focus on lifespan needs of individuals and families affected by ASD.

It is estimated 69,000 people are affected by ASD in British Columbia.

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The centre is slated to be completed in early 2016.