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New School in Hunt Valley To Serve Children with Autism

SOURCE: Maryland State Department of Education

On Thurs., Jan. 31, a ribbon-cutting will be held to launch the opening of Sheppard Pratt’s Forbush School, a specially-designed facility that will serve approximately 70 students with Autism. Cutting the ribbon will be Dr. Nancy S. Grasmick, State Superintendent of Schools, and Steven S. Sharfstein, M.D., President and Chief Executive Officer Sheppard Pratt Health System.

In 1993, the first year that Autism was identified as a specific disability category, there were 260 students in Maryland identified as Autistic. In 2006, Maryland public schools provided services to approximately 5,764 students with Autism, ranging in age from 3 to 21.

This new school, at 11201 Pepper Road in Hunt Valley, is the outgrowth of a partnering effort between the Maryland State Department of Education and Sheppard Pratt Health System.

For information about the school, call 410-938-3401.

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This story was published on January 29, 2008.