St Joseph's U. to open autism center

April 16, 2009 10:25:57 AM PDT
Saint Joseph's University will be opening an $8 million center to help those with autism. Officials are planning on Monday to announce the creation of the Kinney Center for Autism Education and Support in Philadelphia. It is designed to offer training, outreach and advocacy to those affected by autism. That includes educators, professionals and families.

One of the center's priorities will be to train those who evaluate and treat people with autism. Executive director Michelle Rowe says the country's education system is not equipped to handle the increasing number of cases of the developmental disorder.

The Kinney Center is expected to open in September on the campus of the private Catholic university.

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