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Only NYS-approved autism school in region opens in Schenectady

A ribbon-cutting ceremony will kick off celebrations to introduce the new Crossroads Center for Children school facility in Schenectady County.

The ceremony will be held on August 10 at 10 a.m. at the new school on 1150 North Wescott Road, Suite 100 in Rotterdam. Families, school officials, local business leaders and area government representatives will be attending the ribbon cutting.

Crossroads is the only school in an eight county area which provides an integrated setting for children with Autism to learn using ABA learning style recommended by New York State. Its new, custom-designed facility will end a two year journey that began when the school’s old building in Saratoga County was flooded by a water main break. For almost two years, the school, with more than a hundred students and staff, has been hosted at the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Glenville. The new facility is at the site of the former Price Chopper headquarters.

“The completion of the new Crossroads Center for Children means that children who are on the Autism spectrum will have the opportunity to become lifelong learners," says Kelly Young, MS Ed, executive director of Crossroads in a prepared statement. “We are so appreciative to our teachers and staff, local businesses and families for making this a welcoming place for children all across eight counties.”

Autism is a term to describe a group of complex brain disorders which can include difficulties with social interactions and communication. About one in every 110 children is diagnosed with Autism, making it more common than childhood cancer, juvenile diabetes and pediatric AIDS combined. An estimated 1.5 million individuals in the U.S. and tens of millions worldwide are affected by Autism. Government statistics suggest the prevalence of Autism is increasing 10-17 percent annually.

Crossroads opened in 1998 and has expanded its services to help school-age children from ages two to 12 years. Programming is individualized to meet each student's needs with the goal of transitioning students back into their home school district. In addition to an open-door policy for parents, the school also provides leadership and training for parents on how children can carry over to everyday life the skills they learn in school.

For more information on Crossroads Center for Children, and their new facility, contact Crossroads at 518.384.3833 or visit http://www.CrossroadsCenter.org.

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