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Gulf Coast School for Autism Opens New Facility

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The Gulf Coast School for Autism is now offering more services to those with special needs.

They hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony, Friday, for the new and improved facility.

With the new space, comes many new features.

They have an indoor gym, a recreation room, three private therapy rooms, two cafeterias, and numerous classrooms.

One of the biggest additions is the functional autism community transition program, which helps young adults with autism transition into the community after high school.

Through the program they learn things like social skills and how to do everyday household chores.

The owners of school say their new building is a dream come true.

"A lot of our kids have to travel to other places to get their different services like speech therapy and physical therapy and applied behavior analysis they have to go to different places," said Kuryn Patterson, Special Needs Teacher. "We wanted to have a place where we could offer all of those things and have the education and the school put with it."

At the new school, they will be able to accept at least 25 students, ten more than they were able to accommodate in their last facility.