HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The University of St. Joseph in West Hartford is receiving $4 million in state bond funds to help construct a new autism center.

The new Center for Integrative Education will be a 20,000 square-foot-facility, providing services to people with autism spectrum disorders, as well as support to their families, educators and practitioners.

University students will be involved with the new center, obtaining clinical experience. Pamela Trotman Reid, president of the private university, said her school is the only university in Connecticut to offer a master's degree in autism and applied behavioral analysis.

The center will also help expand educational and vocational training at the university's existing Gengras Center, a special education school for elementary, middle and high school students.

The State Bond Commission approved the $4 million on Friday.

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