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N. Carolina: Autism therapy school has 25th anniversary; currently a waiting list

Sept 12, 2021, Raleigh (NC) Herald Sun: South Carolina autism therapy school celebrates 25th year

…Project HOPE is in its 25th year, starting as a small preschool with less than 10 students and growing into nine campuses across four counties (Anderson, Greenwood, Landrum, Pendleton, Spartanburg, and two campuses in both Greenville and Woodruff) — offering services for all ages from preschool to adults and across the autism … WHAT IS THE PROJECT HOPE FOUNDATION? Project HOPE Foundation Co-Founders and Co-Executive Directors Lisa Lane and Susan Sachs met while seeking services for their young sons in the late ’90s, when autism therapies and services were practically non-existent. They couldn’t find what they needed, so they created their vision of a school together. Lane and Sachs have devoted their lives to helping people with autism, giving hundreds of people across the Upstate access to the life-changing autism therapies they desperately need…. HOPE was designed for students with autism who don’t thrive in a normal classroom setting. They offer one-on-one time with licensed therapists as well…. And communication is the top priority, as around 40 percent of students with autism are non-verbal, according to Lane…. Because of the demand, Sachs said that there is currently a waitlist to attend HOPE, and the school had to adjust because of COVID-19….


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