More than 150 gather to support autism legislation

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - More than 150 people gathered in front of the Alabama Statehouse to push for passage of two bills to improve services available in Alabama to people with autism.

One of the bills received final passage in the Senate Thursday morning just minutes before the start of the rally that included parents of children with autism and children and adults with the condition.

That bill establishes an interagency council to coordiate services available for autistic Alabama residents. It has gone to Gov. Bob Riley for his signature.

The other bill would establish regional autism centers around the state. It has passed the House and is awaiting action in the Senate.

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