Florida Autism Center for Excellence hopes to open more schools around state

(WFLA) Joanna Rosario says she knew something 'wasn't right' with her oldest son, Gabe.

"I kind of knew something was wrong. He wasn't talking," Rosario said. "He was unruly and hard to control."

Doctors diagnosed then 4-year-old Gabe with autism.

"It was scary to get a diagnosis but it was almost a relief to know now we know what's wrong," Rosario said.

Now Rosario's sons are four and six. Both of them go to the Florida Autism Center for Excellence. She says it's the only place they fit in with their peers.

FACE is one of four schools in the state for students with autism, but that's changing soon. FACE officials hope to open another school in Pasco in the fall to help cut down on the Tampa site's wait list.

"We get a lot of eye rolls, a lot of stares," Rosario says. "It's difficult taking him out into the community and have some acceptance."


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