UGA receives grant for teachers of autistic teens

By: ATHENS, Ga. (AP)
By: ATHENS, Ga. (AP)

The University of Georgia has received a four-year, $800,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Education to train educators to teach autistic high school students.

The university will use the money to fund fellowships for graduate students to take specialized courses and spend time in public high schools in Gwinnett, Clarke and Madison counties through UGA's Collaborative Adolescent Autism Teacher Training program. The university had been focusing on teachers who work in elementary-age classrooms but wants to expand its reach to high school.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one in every 150 U.S. children is diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder.

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