With the growing incidence of children diagnosed with autism, Texas Tech is responding by paving the way for a new building dedicated to autism education and research. In fact, officials broke ground today for that 28,000 square facility, which will include the Burkhart Transition Academy, Teacher Preparation Academy, and other outreach programs.
Texas Tech Chancellor, Kent Hance, said, "At the Burkhart Center, we're going to have 92 classrooms. We'll have 100 labs. It's a two story building. They'll be able to work with children individually and in a class." "So this is really going to be great. What we're doing on autism is probably the best that anyone's doing in the whole country."
Since 2005, the Burkhart Center has provided autism support and services from inside the College of Education building. The new facility will take a year to complete, which is also on campus on 18th Street near Boston Avenue. By the way, the center will also house a café.
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