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The Knott Foundation awards The Arc a $40,000 grant

The Arc Carroll County has been awarded a $40,000 grant through The Marion I. & Henry J. Knott Foundation to hire an autism coordinator.

The autism coordinator will be responsible for helping The Arc Carroll County launch a program specifically tailored to meet the needs of Carroll County residents with autism.

The newly created position will allow The Arc to move forward with its efforts to bring much-needed autism program services to Carroll County. The Arc will soon begin its search for the appropriate candidate.

"We are thrilled to receive this grant, which will allow The Arc to begin building a program to serve the needs of people with autism who live in Carroll County," said Executive Director Don Rowe. "We are grateful to The Knott Foundation for their support of our vision."

A recent study by The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that one in 88 children is diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) by age 8, a rate that has risen far above the CDC's 2006 estimate of 1 in 110.

Maryland was one of 14 states the CDC studied in arriving at those figures. Investigators studied six counties in Maryland and Carroll County was one of those six counties. In response to that, The Arc Carroll County plans to build a program that addresses our community's needs.

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