HUMANITARIANS: Jeff Cleveland, Geoff Fraser Dedicated To Scott Center for Autism
By Anne Straub, Space Coast Medicine & Active Living // August 21, 2018
2015 HUMANITARIAN Inductees
ABOVE VIDEO: Jeff Cleveland and Geoff Fraser support numerous organizations, including the Scott Center for Autism, the March of Dimes, South Brevard Sharing Center, Club Esteem and Junior League. “It’s a culture that we project and encourage everywhere we have facilities,” Geoff Fraser said. (Video Aired in 2015)
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BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Business associates Jeff Cleveland and Geoff Fraser support many charitable endeavors, but the Scott Center for Autism Treatment at Florida Tech takes prominence.
“It hits home for me personally,” said Cleveland, whose daughter is on the autism spectrum.
That was enough for Fraser to throw his support behind the Scott Center, as well.
“Jeff and I have been friends and business partners for a long time. It’s important to him, so it’s important to me,” he said, noting that other friends also are dealing with a child with an autism spectrum diagnosis.
Cleveland and Fraser run Clear Choice Health Care, a Melbourne-based health-care management company.
Its facilities focus on rehabilitative care, offering occupational, physical and speech therapy, wound care, and an extensive list of specialized therapies.
Cleveland has served on the board of directors for the Scott Center for two years, following the lead of his father-in-law, who was involved in its founding in 2009.
It’s easy to give back to an organization that has given so much: A Scott Center therapist visits the Cleveland home twice weekly to work on behavior and academics, and Cleveland’s daughter goes to the center weekly for a social skills session.
“In two years, she’s come so far,” Cleveland said. And the visiting therapist is like part of the family.
Clear Choice donates financial support to the Scott Center, and also sponsors therapy. The company pays speech and occupational therapists to work with the center’s clients.
The Scott Center is a not-for-profit organization that provides children, youth and families affected by Autism Spectrum Disorders a full range of evaluation and services, from diagnosis to intensive treatment.
The center addresses behavioral and psychological issues related to autism and provides a training component for Florida Tech’s School of Psychology for the Applied Behavior Analysis and Clinical graduate programs.
CULTURE OF GIVING
Clear Choice supports numerous other organizations, including the March of Dimes, South Brevard Sharing Center, Club Esteem and Junior League.
Its Orlando location funds a back-to-school backpack drive in late summer.
“It’s a culture that we project and encourage everywhere we have facilities,” Fraser said.
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