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Help autism awareness

Published: Tuesday, May 7, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

To the Editor:

With Autism Awareness month having passed, many parents of children on the spectrum heard about new statistics of 1-in-50 children that are now being diagnosed with autism.

People need to be aware of the ever-increasing amount of children and adults with autism who need understanding and help to have a happy and productive life, when such things as medical insurance, education, job training, housing for people with developmental disabilities are nowhere near meeting the demand and needs of an exploding population of people with autism.

With that in mind, Autism Speaks is looking for advocates in congressional districts in the state to, at first, call on congressmen and congresswomen to advocate for federal legislation that is important to families with children and adults on the autism spectrum and Autism Speaks, then to eventually call on state legislators to promote andadvocate state-based initiatives in the future.

District advocates also would be in charge of grass-roots development of improving autism awareness and support to help improve education and services for people with autism.

We are looking for district advocates to be part of our Autism Congress in the 14th Congressional District. If you are interested, have experience with working in your community, have talked with your legislative representatives in the past or want to in the future and have a connection with autism, please email me at mbaker721@comcast.net.

Mike Baker

Autism Speaks

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