People in Tarrant County living with autism now have a new center they can turn to for support.
Merakey, which is one of the nation's largest providers of special education and human services, announced Monday it opened its first "Autism Center" in Fort Worth to help serve the needs of children and adults with autism.
“Our new building, retrofitted to meet the needs of children and adults we serve, gives our staff the opportunity to provide services in a safe and fun learning environment,” said Joe Martz, CEO of Merakey.
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The center provides a plethora of services, including Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy, speech and occupational therapy, as well as a specialized childcare program called the "Bee Me Center," for children ages three to six of all abilities.
In addition, Merakey's education services received a non-public school designation by the Texas Education Agency, which allows them to partner with local school districts. They are one of only 21 schools throughout Texas to receive this designation, according to a press release from Merakey.
The new center is located at 4775 N. Freeway, in Fort Worth, the building spans 17,500 square feet.
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