Saturday, September 15, 2007

Autism School Launches in New Jersey

New Jersey is making a lot of positive autism news of late. The autism legislation passed, the New Jersey Supreme Court ruling, and now the launch of the Bankbridge Development Center, an autism school in Gloucester Country New Jersey. Apart from autism specific programs and support the school is environmentally tailored for autistic students with features like non glare lighting and quiet interiors.

The opening is featured at the Courier Post On Line and includes some nice pictures from the opening yesterday of the grounds, some staff, Gov. Jon Corzine and most importantly some students. As described in the Gloucester County Press Release:

This state-of-the-art facility will serve up to 200 students from age 3 to 21 years. The Autism school maximizes classroom design to address specialized lighting, textures and bathroom accessibility so that difficulties related to the disorder are minimized and the learning environment is maximized.

In addition to an educational facility for the students, the building houses Gloucester County Autism Services, Early Intervention Services, Regional Council Services, an Education Resource Center, a Family Resource Center, and Gloucester County Special Child Health.

The educators and government decision makers in Gloucester County and the State of New Jersey deserve a pat on the back for this enlightened effort in educating autistic students.

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