Hospital for Special Care has always been known by its commitment to one particular concept in its Mission:

We will anticipate and be responsive to changing needs of our communities and a changing healthcare environment by creating an innovative, fiscally sound, cost effective system of care.

In keeping with the hospital's history, we at Hospital for Special Care (HSC) have been examining the ongoing healthcare needs of a growing segment of our community, namely persons with Autism Spectrum Disorders. In Connecticut, over 5,000 children under the age of 21 have been identified as exhibiting this disorder. That is about 1 in 68 children, and 1 in 54 are boys. Based on current research, it seems the prevalence rate is growing.

HSC has observed that though there are many agencies and groups providing specific services, there is little coordination between health care and other components, such as education, vocation and family support.

The Autism Center provides Outpatient Services at our Research & Education Center as well as inpatient services in our Autism Inpatient Unit.