Jacksonville State University’s annual Autism Conference inspires the school to make plans for a new center for autism studies. Officials say the center for autism studies will be operational this summer. JSU Office of Curriculum and Instruction Department Head Janet Bavonese says the center was created to prepare education professionals on how to interact with students with Autism Spectrum Disorders. It will also train teachers on working with students and families and will serve as a support base and an advocacy center for families and students. The center’s team is comprised of faculty as well as representatives from Student Disability Services. JSU teacher candidates will also participate in the center’s initiatives. Curriculum information and an annual report will be shared online with the community. The center will be hosting an autism conference in June.