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School pairs autism students with senior citizens

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ALPHARETTA, Ga. -- Ask any parent why they send their child to school and chances are they'll tell you so they can "get an education," so they can "achieve independence," so they can "be successful."

But for families of children with autism, aging out of the school system is a very real issue. 

The Lionheart School in Alpharetta offers its older students a unique vocational program that not only prepares them for the work force, but for real life. 

11Alive learned that once a week, the students' vocational work takes them to the Dogwood Forest Retirement Community. 

The students deliver mail, organize games for the residents and set tables for meals. 

But what they really do for residents is far harder to quantify. 

Lionheart students allowed 11Alive to accompany them one Tuesday, their favorite day of the week.

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