New legislation for autistic Alabamians

Autism advocates have been trying for years to get laws passed to help autistic Alabamians. Their efforts have paid off. New legislation takes effect tomorrow in Alabama that helps children and adults with autism.

The legislation forms the interagency council on autism. And the state will hire a state autism coordinator. State Representative Cam Ward wrote the law. Ward knows first hand the importance of the council, he has an autistic daughter.

He says the goal of the council is to create adequate services for autistic people in Alabama. There are nine autism agencies in Alabama...and they will basically be merged together to form the Interagency Council on Autism.

Among other things the council will do is create regional autism centers in Alabama. The council will have its first meeting on July 22.