Students on the autism spectrum and those with developmental disabilities now have access to Colorado's Joshua School -- one of two schools authorized by the Colorado Department of Education to receive public funds. The school recently opened a second campus in Boulder, Colo., where students are in classrooms with three to four peers, a special-education teacher, a behavioral therapist and an aide. Each student has a binder with a personalized schedule that includes coping strategies for undesirable behaviors, such as telling a joke rather than running around when a student feels silly.

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