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Dover, DE: School for ASD kids planned

Aug 17, 2017, Dover (DE) Post: School to guide autistic children toward interacting with society http://www.doverpost.com/article/20170817/NEWS/170819813 Special kids require special schooling, and that’s what Tyler Anaya is proposing for Kent County. Anaya is president of the board and a founding member of the Central Delaware School of Arts for the Exceptional for children on the autism spectrum. The school initially will serve fourth-graders through 21-year-olds, she said. It will include typical educational and inclusion programs for children with high-functioning autism, learning disabilities and other disorders that can affect their ability to interact well with others. … “I thought, ‘What if we had a school in Delaware that allowed for individualized education, giving the same educational opportunities as every other child?’” she said. Anaya created the CDSEA’s executive board three years ago, intending to form the school as a nonprofit. That status was approved in 2016. But it takes money to start such an ambitious enterprise. So far two fundraisers have collected about $3,000; despite that relatively low number, the experience has allowed the board to make new contacts and new inroads into funding opportunities.