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Oklahoma City: Grant $$ for districts to use for "growing autism challenge"

Feb 7, 2018, Oklahoma City, News OK: Arnall Family Foundation grant expands Oklahoma Autism Center project http://newsok.com/arnall-family-foundation-grant-expands-oklahoma-autism-center-project/article/5582617 Thanks to a grant from the Arnall Family Foundation, the Oklahoma Autism Center has begun expanding its MESA Project, which provides technical support and professional development for educators and professionals who work with children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). The technical assistance services are tailored to the needs of each individual school or district and can range from consultation for a single student to program modification or development districtwide. “The work the Oklahoma Autism Center is doing to improve the lives of children with autism spectrum disorder in Oklahoma is truly remarkable,” said Sue Ann Arnall, president of the Arnall Family Foundation, in a news release. “The Arnall Family Foundation is proud to support their work and looks forward to seeing even more children and educators reached through the MESA Project expansion.” The $220,000 grant covers a 12-month span and will allow the Oklahoma Autism Center to provide more comprehensive support to school districts in Oklahoma creating effective and sustainable solutions to the growing autism challenge. The prevalence of autism continues to rise with current rates at 1 in 68 children and 1 in 42 boys identified. …