Crowell receives award for his service to those with autism

Saturday, March 8, 2008

Southeast Missourian

State Sen. Jason Crowell, R-Cape Girardeau, was named Friday as the inaugural recipient of the Tailor Institute's achievement award for service to individuals with autism.

Crowell, who has been a lawmaker since 2000, has worked in recent years to increase funding for autism treatment and research, including helping secure $2 million to construct an autism treatment and diagnostic center in Cape Girardeau.

Crowell has said his No. 1 legislative priority this year is to obtain a $480,000 appropriation to fund the first year of operations at the center.

The Tailor Institute, named after Cape Girardeau native Taylor Crowe, is designed for individuals diagnosed with high-functioning autism or Asperger's syndrome who demonstrate exceptional talents. The Tailor Institute program helps autistic people have a greater chance to become gainfully employed and live as independently as possible, providing training in social skills, independent living and employment.

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