UPDATE: UMC autism school closing

By The Associated Press

JACKSON – A school for children with autism will close at the end of July and be replaced in the future with a new clinic.

The University of Mississippi Medical Center opened the Mississippi Child Development Institute in Jackson in 2003. It has served about 35 children ages 3 to 11 with autism and other developmental problems.

UMC officials say they are raising money for the clinic. They say they hope to accept about six children at a time for half-day lessons several times a week.

UMC will use the clinic to conduct autism research.

The institute was funded largely by the Mississippi Department of Education. The department has been working to help autistic children transition into traditional classrooms since learning the school would close.