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Recommendations from Iowa Autism Council


DES MOINES (KWWL) -- After a year of meetings and hearing testimony, the Iowa Autism Council has made recommendations to Gov. Chet Culver for identifying those with autism early, caring for those with autism and helping caregivers.

While they say the list of recommendations is long, the Iowa Autism Council has outlined five immediate needs that they say need to be dealt with by the legislature this session. 

The first recommendation is to create a data tracking system that is reliable and uses valid data collection methods.  The system would help identify autism in its early stages.  They say that Iowa lacks such a system that is specific to Autism Spectrum Disorders and such a system would benefit Iowans by getting coordinated care to those that need it early.

The second is to immediately pass Senate File 1 and House File 1 to end discrimination by insurance companies toward those with Autism Spectrum Disorders.

The third recommendation is to improve the existing Intellectual Disability (ID) and Ill & Handicapped Waiver.

The fourth recommendation is to make sure that the services given to individuals with autism are the same from diagnosis to adulthood.

The final recommendation is to access stimulus dollars to put the programming into place.

The Iowa Autism Council says that creating a coordinated system of care for those with autism including public and private sector solutions will take some of the burden off of families and therefore lead to those dealing with autism getting more efficient and equitable services.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control has found that one in 110 children in the United States have autism spectrum disorders. That's up from just a few years ago, when autism impacted only one in 150 children.

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