House advances Morrison’s proposal to study autism-related programs, services

Posted by: Jessica Baker  | Tuesday, February 21, 2017 4:45 pm

STATEHOUSE (Feb. 21, 2017) — The House of Representatives passed a proposal co-authored by State Rep. Alan Morrison (R-Terre Haute) that would task a study committee with examining autism-related programs and services.

“More Hoosiers are being diagnosed with autism and other developmental disorders, and we need to make sure they have resources to help them thrive,” Morrison said. “Clients who need autism-related services and therapy are under-served, and lawmakers need to gather more information so we can offer solutions.”

Morrison said lawmakers would examine the licensing of those who practice applied behavior analysis to ensure they are using the most current guidelines. Policymakers would also look at the training K-12 educators receive in order to help students with autism spectrum disorders and those in special education.

According to Morrison, House Bill 1644 is supported by the Arc of Indiana and Autism Society of Indiana.

House Bill 1644 will now go to the Senate for further consideration.

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State Rep. Alan Morrison (R-Terre Haute) represents House District 42, which includes all of Vermillion County and portions of Clay, Fountain, Parke, Vigo and Warren counties.

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