South Carolina has received a new grant to help it better serve autistic children. In 2006, statistics showed 8.6 per 1,000 children in South Carolina had ASD–autism spectrum disorder. Now, the US Department of Health and Human Services has awarded the Medical University of South Carolina with a $2.8 million, five-year grant.
The money will help create a state-wide program called “South Carolina Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities, or SC LEND. The grant allows 20 experienced faculty members to provide training to those who serve these autistic children.
This specific award is unique for South Carolina because it involves three different training sites–MUSC in Charleston, the University of South Carolina and Greenville Hospital System. It involves clinical and leadership training, as well as classroom research at all three sites.