- Associated Press - Thursday, September 18, 2014

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - The families of three children who spent time at a school for deaf and autistic students are suing the facility after they say their children experienced neglect and various forms of abuse at the hands of the facilities’ employees.

Three separate lawsuits were filed in Duval County this week on behalf of three children against the National Deaf Academy in Mount Dora, and operator Universal Health Services Inc.

The incidents allegedly occurred between 2010 and 2013. None of the children currently remain under the center’s care. The center treats children as young as 6 years old, who are deaf or autistic.

National Deaf Academy CEO Greg Sizemore said in a statement that the facility does not comment on pending or threatened litigation but does intend to defend itself vigorously.

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