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Clinic for Special Children

The Clinic for Special Children (CSC) is a primary pediatric care and gene research clinic located in Strasburg, Pennsylvania. The facility specializes in genetic problems of the plain sects, such as the Amish and Old Order Mennonites.[1] It was founded in 1989.[2][3] The most common genetic disorders treated by the Clinic are glutaric acidemia type I (GA1), which is common in the Amish population and maple syrup urine disease (MSUD), which has a high prevalence in the Old Order Mennonites.[3]

Clinic for Special Children
IndustryHealth care
Founded1989; 30 years ago (1989)
Key people
Kevin A. Strauss, MD
Adam Heaps, MS, MBA


The Clinic for Special Children was founded by the Plain community with Dr. D. Holmes Morton and his wife, Caroline in 1989.[2] The clinic building was raised by the Plain community and completed in 1990 while an addition was added in 2000.[4] In addition to patient care facilities, the Clinic also houses its own laboratories, providing rapid biochemical and molecular genetic testing.[4] The Clinic sees over 1,100 active patients and performs about 4,000 biochemical and genetic tests each year.[5]


  1. ^ Clines, Francis X. (June 20, 2002). "Research Clinic Opens in Ohio for Genetic Maladies That Haunt Amish Families". The New York Times. Retrieved 15 November 2018.
  2. ^ a b Szokan, Nancy. "Pennsylvania clinic treats genetic disorders in Amish and Mennonite people". The Washington Post. Retrieved 15 November 2018.
  3. ^ a b Petrosemolo, Art (2018-01-21). "The Next Page: Solving genetic riddles affecting Amish and Mennonite children". Pittsburgh Post Gazette. Retrieved 2018-11-15.
  4. ^ a b "History & Mission". Clinic for Special Children. Retrieved 2018-11-16.
  5. ^ "Our Impact". Clinic for Special Children. 2016-08-01. Retrieved 2018-12-10.

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