Missouri creates Autism Commission, Office of Autism Services

I don’t have a lot of details, but heard this in the local headlines on KWMU this morning. Just a couple of links on Google News, I expect more over the next few days (weeks)? From the Joplin Globe:

A statewide commission on autism spectrum disorders will be assembled and, by July 1 of next year, will produce a plan for Missouri to offer treatment, training and other services.

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The commission will be made up of representatives from the General Assembly, health-related state agencies and autism-related organizations, and parents. Kinder was filling in for Gov. Matt Blunt, who is out of state.

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Kinder spokesman Gary McElyea said members of the state commission should be chosen fairly quickly.

As you might imagine, there is a lot of disagreement about what exactly the commission should do, what should be its priorities, blah blah. I applaud the gesture, and the intent, of the commission, but I’ll withhold any real assessment until I see what they actually plan to do.

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3 thoughts on “Missouri creates Autism Commission, Office of Autism Services

  1. Though I’m not a Missourian, there’s one thing that’s already got me worried:

    “representatives from the General Assembly, health-related state agencies and autism-related organizations, and parents.”

    If the “autism-related organizations” are all in the Autism Speaks mold, this may very well mean that there’s *no autistic representation* on a board that’s supposed to advocate for autistics…

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  2. Codeman38,

    I share your concern, I”ll be keeping an eye out. I’m also wondering how they will select the parents who will serve on the commission and how I can get my name in the hat. (Assuming, of course, I really want to do that.)

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