Autism task force reports to Ala. Legislature

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - A task force established by the Alabama Legislature to study the increased incidence of autism in Alabama has made a list of recommendations that includes opening centers around the state.

The 25-member task force recommended that the state establish several centers where individuals with autism could be diagnosed, teachers could be trained and other autism-related services provided.

The centers would be located at universities.

Co-chair of the task force, state Rep. Cam Ward of Alabaster, said Wednesday a bill will be introduced during the current regular session of the Legislature to set the framework for opening the centers.

He said the centers would be opened as funding becomes available.

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