Autism Inspired Academy Receives Financing From Florida Community Loan Fund

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WEST REGION $3.5 MILLION FCLF FINANCING Acquisition loan Private school serving special needs students “Florida Community Loan Fund provided a financing opportunity allowing AIA to expand and continue to meet the needs of the children and families impacted by autism. The process was efficient and thorough, which is truly a testament to their mission of…

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A+ Teacher inspires children with autism and helps them succeed

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CLEARWATER, FLA — During the height of the pandemic, a new school opened in Clearwater called Autism Inspired Academy. The school is now going into its third year. The goal each day is to make sure students have a life of meaning, purpose and joy. Cher Harris co-founded the school in 2020 and she was nominated…

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Leaving the classroom to start a school: Teachers who made the move

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Editor’s note: Michael Q. McShane, director of national research for EdChoice, and James Shuls, an EdChoice fellow and former dean of the College of Education at Southeastern University in Lakeland, Florida, served recently as advisers on research conducted by Step Up For Students that culminated in a new report titled “How Can I Stay In…

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Two women with a vision launch unique school for children with autism

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CLEARWATER, Florida – Inside the walls of a sky-blue building surrounded with shade trees dwells a story of hope and inspiration and the shared dream of two women determined to help a special population of children. For Liz Russell and Cher Harris, co-founders of Autism Inspired Academy, the school offers an opportunity to pour out…

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