Ann Arbor autism therapy company wins multiple business awards
ANN ARBOR, MI – An autism therapy provider with an Ann Arbor location recently won a batch of awards recognizing its success in business and autism therapy.
ABA Insight was recently selected as a 2020 Michigan Best Small Business and in the Michigan Top 50 Companies to Watch by multiple state and federal agencies. Owner and licensed behavior analyst Angie Fuqua said these awards were based on the company’s business success.
“We’ve been in business for such a short amount of time and our financial stability matches our business plan solidly,” Fuqua said.
Insight began back in 2017, first opening in Ann Arbor, she said. Insight added locations in Lansing and Monroe shortly after. Insight won the award in the Greater-Washtenaw Region of the Best Small Business awards.
The company practices ABA therapy (applied behavior analysis), a nationally recognized therapy for treating autism, Fuqua said. This therapy aims to help kids on the autism spectrum with communication, social skills and getting acclimated to society, she said.
The Best 2020 Michigan Best Small Businesses are chosen by the Small Business Development Center of the U.S. Small Business Administration, while the Michigan Top 50 Companies to Watch are selected by multiple agencies, said Brian Calley, president of the Michigan Small Business association.
These agencies are Michigan Small Business Association, Michigan Economic Development Corporation, the Small Business Development Center, the Edward Lowe Foundation and the Michigan business network.
Calley, an outspoken advocate of autism awareness, said Insight was able to grow without sacrificing the quality of the service. He was thrilled when he saw there was an ABA company nominated.
“They work with families who are literally in crisis and they show them a different and a better way to manage behavior and teach life skills,” Calley said.
Along with the awards, Fuqua said Insight recently received 2-year accreditation by the Behavioral Health Center of Excellence.
While Fuqua appreciates the awards Insight received for its business accomplishments, she’s more focused making sure kids get the care they need.
“I don’t do it for business reasons,” Fuqua said. “Obviously, it is a business but I studied this in grad school. I have seen children who can’t talk start talking again.”
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