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Local Peer Mentorship Program Helps Students with Autism Shine

April 21, 2014

(April 21, 2014) -- Southwestern Illinois’s Belleville School District is making a positive impact on the lives of their students with autism. Chris Gibson, the district’s autism consultant, reached out to the district’s administrators with the hope of launching a first-of-its-kind mentorship program in the area. Once approved, the pilot program was implemented at Douglas and Central Junior High in Belleville where students with autism are mentoring several of their classmates with autism.