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Louisiana's first autism charter school to emerge in August

BATON ROUGE, La (LOCAL 33) (FOX 44) - Autism is not a processing error, it's simply a different processing system. 

A new charter school plans to prove just that by empowering children with autism and individuals with communication challenges to achieve independence through innovative and family-centered therapies.

The Emerge School for Autism will welcome its first class of students on August 16, 2018, as the first tuition-free school for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in the state of Louisiana.  

"The educators will work hand in hand as a team to be able to accomplish the goals that the children need to accomplish to be successful," said Emerge Center CEO, Melissa Jeneau.

Educators believe early specialized childhood education for children with autism is the key to their success. 

"Each child is very unique, that's why its so important to have a program catered to children with autism so we can cater it to what they need," school principal Leigh Bozard explained.

"We've seen the life changing impact that early intervention can have for children, and consistency of therapeutic programming in their education. And that's what can make a difference for families."

As a non-profit organization, The Emerge Center believes that every individual should have the opportunity to reach their full potential.

The institution's model of coordinated and integrated therapies under one roof is unparalleled.

Through the decades, from Baton Rouge Speech and Hearing Foundation and now as The Emerge Center, they are a thought leader in our community dedicated to providing access to care to those who need their services. 

The school only had 20 vacant spots available and they're already filled to capacity for the upcoming school year. 


 

 


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