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New facility at Palm Beach School for Autism

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Posted at 4:34 PM, Sep 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-19 04:47:59-04

PALM BEACH COUNTY, Fla. — Staff members at the Palm Beach School for Autism held a ribbon cutting ceremony on Wednesday for a resource facility that’s part of Project Next.

The project is aimed at getting vocational training for students on the autism spectrum beyond graduation.

Project Next is housed in a 10,000 square-foot extension that includes a full commercial kitchen, a mock hotel room, an instructional classroom, and commercial laundry.

Parents and school staff members said the experience is a great training ground that’s already paying off for people like Mary Sue MacDonnell’s son, Kyle.

"The first business he trained at was the Hyatt hotel in West Palm Beach, and Kyle absolutely loved it. He had so much fun and his confidence level went through the roof," said MacDonnell. "The Hyatt offered him a paid internship and that’s where he is now,"

The program currently has 40 participants. To learn more about Project Next, click here.