Southeast to Break Ground on Autism Center

WHAT: Ground breaking for Southeast Missouri State University Autism Center for Diagnosis and TreatmentWHO:

• Kenneth W. Dobbins, president of Southeast Missouri State University

• Donald “Brad” Bedell, president of the Board of Regents

• Connie Hebert, interim director of the Autism Center

• Julia Kaufmann, director of the Office of Autism Services, Division of Developmental Disabilities

• Sen. Jason Crowell, Missouri 27th District

WHEN: 3 p.m., Friday, Jan. 23 WHERE: The ceremony will begin inside the former Washington School at the corner of Middle and Mills streets in Cape Girardeau. The event will conclude with an official ground breaking outdoors at the site.DETAILS: The new center will house numerous small and large diagnosis/therapy rooms with observation capabilities for family members, clinicians and students. Therapy rooms also will be developed for music therapy, occupational therapy and life skills training. The facility will include office space for each of three partnering institutions that will provide services at the center – Southeast, Judevine® Center for Autism-Southeast Project and The Tailor Institute — in addition to conference and training space to be used for parent education, staff meetings and University instruction.