Jenny McCarthy shuts school for autistic children

Saturday, 10 April 2010 - 9:11pm IST | Place: Washington, DC | Agency: ANI
The beauty's son Evan was diagnosed with autism in 2005 when he was two years old, following which she started working for the cause.

Actress Jenny McCarthy has decided to close her school, Teach2Talk Academy, for autistic children. The beauty's son Evan was diagnosed with autism in 2005 when he was two years old, following which she started working for the cause.

However, McCarthy, who recently parted ways with actor Jim Carrey, has shut it down following differences with partner Sarah Scheflen.

"Jenny and her partner at the Academy, Sarah Scheflen, had different visions for the school and made a decision to go their separate ways," Fox News quoted McCarthy's rep as telling the entertainment site HollywoodLife.com.

The spokesperson added, "Both intend to continue on in this important mission. Sarah and Jenny really enjoyed their time working at the Academy and feel honored that they were able to provide such high quality early intervention services to so many children with autism and other developmental disabilities."

A source had revealed that McCarthy was likely to gain full control of the school with Jim Carrey's help, until they split.

The source said, "Before the school fell apart Jim was going to possibly buy out Jenny's partner so the school would be all Jenny's. Then, next thing I heard, [Jenny] was moving out [from Carrey's house]."

Last year, McCarthy told KidsLA magazine, "I'm proud to say [the school] is an absolute success in terms of the amount of progress children with autism are making. We do have a goal to open more schools around the country. If I had Bill Gates' money, I would have them in every state."


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