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Grants to help ESU rehabilitation counseling expand opportunities for deaf, autism spectrum residents Featured

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Emporia State University is receiving more than $2 million in grants to help professionals increase employment opportunities for people who are deaf or who are on the autism spectrum.

An $816,000 grant was awarded for deaf and hard-of-hearing residents, with over 80 percent -- over $658,000 -- provided by the US Department of Education, with the rest set aside by ESU. The autism spectrum grant was for $1.25 million, with almost $1.1 million from the federal government and the rest coming from ESU. The grants, which are effective now through Sept. 30, 2024, give Emporia State’s counseling department resources to support students with tuition, training and professional development. Rehabilitation counseling students can start the curriculum next fall. 

ESU has one of three programs in the country offering a concentration in working with people who are deaf or are hard of hearing. The rehabilitation counseling department recently had a five-year grant conclude successfully with 23 graduates, above goal of 20.

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