Central Illinois autism program re-opens with community help

NORMAL, Ill. (AP) — A scaled-back central Illinois program to help about 100 families dealing with autism has re-opened with help from Illinois State University and community supporters.

Programs at The Autism Place shut down for two weeks because there is no state budget. The (Bloomington) Pantagraph reports the program received $207,000 in state funding in the year that ended June 30. Lawmakers and Gov. Bruce Rauner have been unable to agree on a replacement budget.

The Autism Place serves autistic children and young adults with early childhood and social skills programs, family and school consultations and more.

Karla Doepke is an ISU associate professor of psychology. She says support from the university and the support group Friends of TAP were instrumental.