Emporia State receives $2M aimed at deaf, autism disorders

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EMPORIA, Kan. (AP) -- Emporia State University is receiving more than $2 million in grants to help professionals seeking to bolster employment opportunities for people with hearing problems and autism spectrum disorders.

The university says in a news release that it has one of three programs nationwide that concentrates in working with deaf and hard-of-hearing people.

Its education department will use the grants to support students with tuition, training and professional development through 2024. Vocational rehabilitation personnel will receive online instruction leading to a master's degree or certification.

The university says the funds aim to address shortages in rehabilitation services in the region.