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Roanoke, VA: New school "exclusively" for autistic students based on "perceived need"

Aug 18, 2018, Roanoke (VA) Times: New autism school planned to replace former Roanoke grocery store https://www.roanoke.com/news/education/new-autism-school-planned-to-replace-former-roanoke-grocery-store/article_0e8fcb1e-6f82-5b35-b096-77a943ec24c3.html A new school for students with autism is on track to open in an old grocery store building in southeast Roanoke…. Centra’s motivation for a second Rivermont school in Roanoke is based on a perceived need for more room for its autism program in the region…. About one in 59 children have been identified with autism spectrum disorder, according to U.S. Centers for Disease Control data. Rivermont’s present Roanoke school serves students with special needs between the ages of 2 to 22, including those with autism. The new school would be exclusively for students on the autism spectrum. Collette said having eight classrooms is the long-term goal for the school, with individualized support for each student. Each classroom would have no more than eight students. “Sometimes our kids have one-to-one support, sometimes it’s two-to-one or three-to-one. We try to maintain a ratio of six adults to eight students. But it always depends on the needs of the child,” she said….