Autism Institute to Stay Open Despite Losing State Funding

May 26, 2017

A Cape Girardeau institute that helps autistic people will remain open despite losing its state funding.

Credit Tailor Institute

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 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.