- Two men seriously hurt in crash near Fruitland (9/21/16)3
- Perryville man arrested for alleged patronizing prostitution, harassment (9/23/16)6
- Video and evidence largely confirm trooper's claims in April traffic stop shooting (9/23/16)9
- Cape man may lose eye after shovel beating, police say (9/25/16)2
- Funeral procession of former Cape Girardeau police chief Henry H. Gerecke (9/22/16)17
- Cape man accused of attacking pregnant girlfriend (9/22/16)
- Driver charged with manslaughter in crash that killed 2 (9/27/16)
- Show Me Center upgrades may allow facility to draw more elaborate shows (9/21/16)17
- Man convicted of Perryville convenience-store heist (9/21/16)
- Planning, design puts renovations of H-H building into hotel on hold (9/26/16)5
The number of children diagnosed as having some form of a variety of disorders that fall within the autism spectrum has increased dramatically. Until recently, autistic children and their families had to go to St. Louis, Columbia or Arkansas for professional services. Now the Autism Center for Diagnosis and Treatment at Southeast Missouri State University provides easier access.
The $2.6 million center on North Fountain Street (on the site of the old Washington Elementary School) has been in operation four months. The center also houses Touchpoint Autism Services, Thompson Center Outreach and the Tailor Institute that provide integrated services for autistic children and families all under one roof.
State Sen. Jason Crowell of Cape Girardeau pushed for state funding for the new center's construction. Due to drastic reductions in state revenue, the center was one of 30 state-funded projects put on hold in early 2009, but the money came through five days later as Gov. Jay Nixon released funding for 18 of those projects. The center also received operating funds from the Missouri Department of Mental Health.
April is Autism Awareness Month, and families throughout Southeast Missouri have good reason to celebrate now that the center in Cape Girardeau is open.