Arizona Autism Charter School set to open for special needs students

PHOENIX - The first of its kind in Arizona, a charter school specifically for children with autism is getting ready to open.

It will be known as Arizona Autism Charter School and is located near Camelback Road and 7th Street in Phoenix.

The idea for the school came about with a group of parents who wanted a different learning experience for their kids.

Diana Diaz-Harrison talked about the struggles her 11-year-old son has had learning in special education programs at public schools because of autism.

It’s why she decided to start the Arizona Autism Charter School.

The school will be for kids from kindergarten to fifth grade and as far as classes go, there’ll be nine students to a class and a 3-to-1 staff-to-student ratio.

There are also a variety of teaching methods, from focusing on visuals to hands-on activities.

One parent told ABC15 that he’s thrilled his son will finally get a chance to get the focus from teachers he needs.

“He’s going to get that kind of attention that’s very hard to do in the bigger classrooms and general education classrooms that you have in other schools,” said Paul Bravo.

And when the doors officially open in August, Diaz-Harrison’s son will finally get the education experience he needs.

“It will be the culmination of something really great that he’s inspired me to do,” Diaz-Harrison said.

Teachers will go through extensive training in July and the plan right now is to add an additional year, every year, until they reach 12th grade.

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