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Florence, SC: District partners with local autism provider to "help the one in 59"

July 24, 2019, ABC15, Florence, SC: Program aims to help students on autism spectrum in Florence One Schools https://wpde.com/news/local/program-aims-to-help-students-on-autism-spectrum-in-florence-one-schools FLORENCE, S.C. The Centers for Disease Control reports the rate of people diagnosed on the autism spectrum as one in 59. For All-4-Autism Executive Director Jessica Brown, making sure these kids are understood is personal. That's why she said she's excited for the center's partnership with Florence One Schools. The new program will offer support and resources for students on the spectrum at Sneed Middle and West Florence High Schools. … She said students who are zoned for other schools in the district will still have access to the program. "You just have to have an ASD (autism spectrum disorder) diagnosis," Brown explained. The new ASD resource program is one of several changes to special education in Florence One Schools, among them a new inclusive program, inclusive playgrounds, and other resources. Brown said she hopes this kind of program will spread and help one in 59 become more a part of things every day at school. …