The Florida Autism Center of Excellence (FACE) offers successful educational programs for children and young adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders. The center’s innovative collaboration with the public school district is bringing new choices for families of children with Autism Spectrum Disorders.
With the rate of autism diagnoses on the rise – current numbers estimate that one in every 88 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 6400 E. Chelsea St. in Tampa, 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.
Since 2009, the FACE charter school in Hillsborough County has been managed by Quest, Inc. Quest helps children and adults with disabilities achieve their dreams of going to school, having a job, living on their own, and experiencing summer camp. As Central Florida’s premier provider of these services, Quest makes a difference in the lives of more than 1,100 people each day and has been part of the community for nearly 50 years.