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Autism in the News - 04.18.12

Autism coverage to be become part of Michigan law (Lansing, Mich.)
Legislation that will require insurance companies to offer coverage for autism treatments will soon be part of Michigan law. Read more.

Autism is Remarkable When You Take the Time to Understand It (Greenbelt Patch)
I am a huge advocate for both my children; my oldest is on the Autism Spectrum. I believe many people are scared of the diagnosis. I was in the beginning as well. Though I also was searching for answers. Read more.

New Numbers On Autism As A Disorder Of The Whole Body (Common Health)
That passage comes from “The Autism Revolution,” by Harvard neurologist Dr. Martha Herbert and CommonHealth contributor Karen Weintraub, a new book that we excerpted just last month. Now, just out in the journal PLOS One, is a Harvard paper that mined Boston hospital electronic health records of more than 14,000 young people and produced the striking illustration above of just how whole-body a condition autism can be. Read more.

As autism cases rise, Va programs offer support (Harrisonburg, Va.)
Alisha Cagle knew something wasn't right when her son, Brasen Mishio, was approaching his second birthday without saying more than a few words. Read more.

Christie touts autism initiatives in visit to learning center in Bedminster (Bedminster, N.J.)
One of the students Gov. Chris Christie met Tuesday during his tour of the Somerset Hills Learning Institute had been written off by professionals at age 7 as someone who would never be able to speak. Read more.

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