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Group Looks To Build Autism Charter School in Rochester

Posted at: 02/04/2013 9:37 PM
Updated at: 02/04/2013 10:14 PM
By: Steph Crock

(ABC 6 News) -- It started with a group of parents and now the Rochester Beacon Academy is one step closer to building a Charter School geared toward helping students with Autism. They held a public meeting Monday.

It's something those with the Rochester Beacon Academy have been working on for some time. That’s to bring a general education school to Rochester that focuses on helping students with high-functioning Autism better prepare for the real world.

Organizers says it's crucial for these students. Though some may have good test scores or do well academically, there are many other challenges these students may face.

"It started as a project because I had a passion as a mother, but if you look at the numbers, 1 in 88 children are being diagnosed these days. That means within the next 10 to 15 years, we're going to have 500,000 roughly, of these students entering the work place," said Melanie Flaherty with the Rochester Beacon Academy.

The group says they have come a long way and have even looked at places in Rochester for the school. However, they still have yet to get approved as a Charter School.