Published: Jul 08, 2010 7:06 PM EDT
Updated: Jul 08, 2010 4:07 PM EDT

Eden Autism Services Florida, the Naples-based division of New Jersey non-profit Eden Autism Services, is planning a school for children with autism in Fort Myers. It currently operates a school in Naples, and adult programs with facilities and group homes in Naples, Fort Myers and Cape Coral.

Susan Suarez, Eden Florida’s executive director, said the decision to open the new school was made to serve Fort Myers families closer to home.

“We currently have students from Fort Myers attending our school in Naples and we’ve been receiving more inquiries from parents in Lee County,” Suarez says. “We are evaluating locations and are optimistic we will find a centrally located facility in Fort Myers to serve Lee County, and possibly families from Charlotte County.”

Eden Florida’s Eimerman Education Center in Naples and its Fort Myers Adult Day Training Facility at McBride Center will not be impacted by the opening of the new school. These programs will remain in their current locations.

Eden Florida is exploring locations in Fort Myers in order to open the Fort Myers school in time for the 2010 – 2011 school year. Parents interested in getting information or enrolling children should contact 239-992-4680, extension 201.