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Center for Autism in Maryville, Ill. will shut down due to Illinois budget impasse

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MARYVILLE, Ill. (KMOV.com) – The Center for Autism in Maryville, Illinois will shut down on the Illinois budget deadline day, June 30.

The ongoing budget impasse in Illinois has strained the center, including the families of students who attend.

For more than a year, Rachel Schiber made friends and grew in her social skills at the center.

Her father, Dave Schiber said, “It [the center] helped her out a lot. We could see a lot of improvements with her social skills and other abilities to interact.”

Dave Schiber says every week Rachel went to sessions at the Center for Autism. But on June 28, Rachel will attend her last session.

The Schiber’s are left scrambling for a new place for Rachel.       

“My mom is going to try to look up another place we can go. I hope it's not in another country. I hope it's not all the way up north or all the way down south,” said Rachel Schiber.

Rachel was 3-years-old when she was diagnosed with autism. Her family says the center helped her feel socially loved and controlled about how she dealt with emotions.  

The center has helped hundreds of families like the Schiber’s since 2008.

Rachel Schiber’s parents say the shut down of the center has robbed Rachel of her friends and her ability to interact socially.

News 4 spoke with the president of the facility. He says this was a very difficult decision and hopes “reasonable minds will prevail soon.”

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