Possible autism vocational training facility coming to Jackson County

JACKSON COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Jackson County recently received a grant from the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity to move forward with plans for the old Dozier School for Boys property.

County leaders are looking to provide a vocational training facility for people with autism.

The county has spoken to several businesses, including the Family Dollar distribution center in Marianna about possible job placement.

Leaders say they feel this would be a good idea all around and would keep jobs in Jackson County.

"One in the professional area of the training and then with young people that have autism to train them and plug them into employment opportunities in Jackson County working with a lot of our local businesses," Dozier Task Force Member David Melvin said.

The Florida State University College of Medicine is doing a study for Jackson County on similar successful models around the country.

County leaders say they also hope to partner with students at FSU Panama City to provide clinical hours for students studying there.

Walgreens has a similar vocational training facility for people with disabilities.

Melvin said Jackson County leaders plan to take a trip to Anderson, South Carolina to speak with Walgreens officials about the program.