- Associated Press - Friday, May 26, 2017

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (AP) - A Cape Girardeau institute that helps autistic people will remain open despite losing its state funding.

Officials with the Tailor Institute say they were expecting state funding to arrive July 1 but instead were told the funding has been notified.

The institute works with autistic people to develop skills to become independent, particularly in the workplace.

The Southeast Missourian reports (https://bit.ly/2qVW4Ff ) the institute operated on an annual $200,000 state grant.

Director Carrie Tracy says the institute’s staff was not given an explanation for the funding cut.

She says the organization will continue operating with a contingency fund, discretionary funds and donations.

The institute also will be looking for another organization interested in the institute’s work and research and work to increase the organization’s donor base.

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Information from: Southeast Missourian, https://www.semissourian.com

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