With the rate of autism diagnoses on the rise – current numbers estimate that one in every 68 U.S. children is on the autism spectrum – the Florida Autism Charter School of Excellence (FACSE), a Florida nonprofit entity, was awarded a grant by the Florida Department of Education to open FACE in 2007. FACE exclusively serves children with Autism Spectrum Disorders and offers educational solutions for student’s ages 3 to 22 in pre-k through 12th grade and beyond. Located at 6310 East Sligh Avenue Tampa, FL 33617, the school is available to families in Hillsborough, Pinellas, Polk, Manatee and Sarasota counties.
The program at FACE focuses on developing the appropriate paths of learning to meet the specific individual needs of each student in all areas of functioning. At FACE, students gain the academic, social, language, behavioral, vocational and life skills they need to help them become more independent later in life. FACE uses the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) – an effective, research-based strategy that has been proven to be effective for teaching students with autism.