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Autism in the News - 01.20.12

New Definition of Autism Will Exclude Many, Study Suggests (The New York Times) Proposed changes in the definition of autism would sharply reduce the skyrocketing rate at which the disorder is diagnosed and might make it harder for many people who would no longer meet the criteria to get health, educational and social services, a new analysis suggests. Read more.

Kansas City girl with autism found safe (Kansas City, Kan.) An autistic 15-year-old girl Kansas City girl who had been missing overnight has been found safe. Read more.

Autism Bill on the Fast Track in General Assembly ( The General Assembly votes today on a bill that could mean better insurance for children with autism. The law passed last year, but got held up behind state rules. Today's vote will be final passage. The legislation means that parents do not have to pay out of pocket for early treatment of autism. Read more.

Battling autism: Lawmaker wants to require insurance coverage (Layton, Utah) Five-year-old Jaden Petersen focuses intently as he traces the dotted outlines of numerals on a piece of paper. Therapist David White sits next to him at a low table. Read more.

Autism Fundraiser For 'Sensory Home Makeovers' Set For Feb. 4 (West Hartford, Conn.) A silent auction to raise money for "sensory home makeovers" to benefit children with autism and their families has been rescheduled for Feb. 4. Read more.

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