April is National Autism Awareness month and Martin County has a growing need for services throughout the community. The Hope Center for Autism is the area’s only Public Charter School designed specifically to meet the needs of students with autism in the area, and they are in desperate need of expansion. The Hope Center is celebrating Autism Awareness month with the groundbreaking of its first building in the new Hope Center for Autism school on A1A in Jensen Beach.
There is a desperate need for the Hope Center for Autism School in Martin County. While groundbreaking is the start of the school’s next chapter, it’s far from its goal of the $5 million it needs to raise to complete the project. Architectural renderings of the design by Architect Peter Stromberg give an advance preview of this innovative new facility.
The Hope Center offers a public charter school for children with autism and related disabilities in Pre-K through grade six using low teacher-student ratios, evidence-based methodology and ongoing problem solving to ensure the interventions used are most effective for each student’s needs. The mission of the Hope Center is to open doors to a world of independence for individuals with autism through education of its students and through community awareness. You can help by going to www.HopeCenterFL.com. Don’t forget to wear your blue and donate today!
Autism is the fastest growing developmental disability in the world with 1 in 68 children and 1 in 42 boys diagnosed in the United States. Autism is defined as a range of conditions characterized by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, speech and nonverbal communication, as well as by unique strengths and differences. Its most obvious signs appear between 2 and 3 years of age. The prevalence of autism has increased 119% from 2000 to 2010 throughout the United States and Martin County, a fact clearly seen in the increasing numbers of children waiting for services at Hope each year. Help us offer Hope to meet the growing needs of the autism community in Martin County.