By Associated Press - Wednesday, August 6, 2014

JOPLIN, Mo. (AP) - After three years without a permanent home, ground has been broken in Joplin for a new center to treat autism.

The former autism center was destroyed by the May 2011 tornado.

On Tuesday, members of Freeman Health System and Ozark center broke ground on the Bill and Virginia Leffen Center for Autism.

The Joplin Globe reports ( ) the $4.3 million, 20,000 square-foot building will offer better diagnoses for autism spectrum disorders, learning environments and enhanced treatment.

Bill and Virginia Leffen, of Joplin, donated $3 million for the facility in December 2011.


Information from: The Joplin (Mo.) Globe,

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