MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - The state of Alabama is looking to fill a new position that will coordinate services available for children and adults with autism.
State Rep. Cam Ward of Alabaster said Friday the position was a recommendation of the Alabama Autism Task Force.
Ward and Lt. Gov. Jim Folsom Jr. are co-chairmen of the panel.
Ward said Gov. Bob Riley made an exception to a state government hiring freeze because the Legislature appropriated money for the job in the budget for this fiscal year.
The autism coordinator will make $79,000 a year.
The position is being advertised beginning Friday and will come under the Alabama Department of Mental Health.
It is being listed as a mental health specialist III and requires a master's degree.