Let’s get a victory for kids with autism

As the owner of a small business, I care about my employees, a strong and healthy community and a fiscally responsible state government. For all these reasons, I support Senate bill 135, which would help children with autism get the treatment they need.

Autism is a brain disorder characterized by difficulties in social interaction, communication and repetitive behaviors. It can be treated so the symptoms are not as disabling. A non-verbal child can develop the ability to communicate; a non-social child can acquire interpersonal skills; a child with aggressive or self-injurious behaviors can be freed from this tragic condition.

The most commonly prescribed treatment is applied behavior analysis, which has been used to treat children with autism for more than 40 years. When it is administered intensively, nearly half of the children who receive it are able to enter school indistinguishable from their peers.

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