COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - The Muscogee County School District and Parent Coalition are collaborating for the first time ever to add 36 classrooms to treat and train children with autism.
The initiative is called Anchors for Autism, and the coalition kicked off with a special event Wednesday night featuring Superintendent Dr. David Lewis as the guest speaker.
The coalition, which was made possible by the SPLOST referendum, is designed to bring parents and the school district together to look at the needs of autism, and expand services in the school and in the community.
"In 2005 there were 32 children with autism in Muscogee County," said parent liaison Lisa Jenkins. "Today there are 428. That's the reason to sit at the table. It's an epidemic."
Beginning in January, there will be seminars open to everybody on the last Thursday of every month through May to help educate the community on autism.
"Please support any family with autism, please support our community, our schools, and please support Dr. Lewis's plan to move our children forward with autism services," Jenkins said.
For more information about Anchors for Autism, visit their official Facebook page.