Tuesday was a big day for Freeman Health System, and the Bill and Virginia Leffen Center for Autism. Ground was broken at the site of the new autism center since it was destroyed in the May 2011 tornado. 1 in 68 children in the U.S are diagnosed with the disorder each year. The $4.2 million facility is going to be bigger and better than before. Autism Center Clinical Director Kristy Parker tells News Talk KZRG how the new center will be able to expand their services.
"What the new facility really allows us to do is expand the array of outpatient services. Now we will also be able to practice things such as doctors visits. We will also have a mock apartment so they'll be able to practice preparing their own food, and grocery shopping."
The autism center, which serves people of all ages with the disorder, will be completed within the next year.