Rankin County schools to end autism classrooms

BRANDON, Miss. (AP) — The Rankin County School District will close two K-6 autism classrooms at Oakdale Elementary School.

Assistant Superintendent Richard Morrison tells The Clarion-Ledger (http://on.thec-l.com/1gcaS3G) the autism program itself will continue but it will no longer occur in specialized classrooms.

Morrison says it now will be dispersed throughout the district with teachers getting extra training this summer in the area of autism.

That way, Morrison says all of the district's 149 children with autism can benefit from services.

At the core of autism are developmental disabilities that affect the ability to communicate, understand language, play and relate to others.

Parents say the point of the program is to place children with severe autism in structured classrooms where they get services tailored to their special needs.

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Information from: The Clarion-Ledger, http://www.clarionledger.com

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