Autism school founder nominated for Temple Grandin Award

Angi Shumate is owner and director of IDEA House Educational Services

Angi Shumate is owner and director of IDEA House Educational Services

Uniontown, Ohio – Angi Shumate has been nominated to receive the national Temple Grandin Award.

Angi will be one of 13 recipients this year, but she is the only one who is not on the autism spectrum. She founded IDEA House, a North Canton school for children on the autism spectrum, including Asperger’s syndrome.

The IDEA House website states:

‘IDEA House is a year-round school located in Uniontown Ohio. We are dedicated to creating a sensory-friendly learning environment for children on the spectrum’

Ann Kagarise nominated and is accomplished in several fields and is herself on the autism spectrum.

Angi was a special education teacher in the public school system but told the Beacon Journal that it was always her dream to provide educational services for children with autism.

“I’m fascinated the way their minds work and excited to create methods to engage the students to help break down the barriers or stumbling blocks and allow them to stretch their comfort zone. … We’ve seen students do so many things that astound their parents.”

For more information about IDEA House you can visit the website here

The original article by Jewell Cardwell in the Beacon Journal can be found here