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Public News Service - OH: Disabilities

GRAPHIC: The Autism Society of Ohio says the increase in autism prevalence rates underscores the need for increased awareness of the disorder and the supports needed to help those impacted. Credit: ASO.

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Autism Awareness Month begins Tuesday, and leaders with the Autism Society of Ohio say autism's continued increase in prominence validates what they are seeing and hearing from families, schools and counties across the state. Board of directors chair Andie Ryley said it is time to t

PHOTO: While any child can be the victim of bullying, studies find that those with disabilities are at higher risk, particularly those with autism. Photo: sad child. Credit: M. Kuhlman

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Ohio kids are getting into the swing of the new school year. However, for some, finding a place in the crowd does not come easy. While any child can be the victim of bullying, studies have found that those with disabilities are at higher risk, particularly those children with autism

PHOTO: Faith-based efforts are underway in Ohio to increase autism awareness among African American Families. Photo of a church. Credit U.S. National Archives.

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Autism is one of the fastest-growing developmental disorders in the U.S., and it knows no racial, ethnic or social boundaries. However, statistics reveal that the age of diagnosis among African Americans is higher than that of the general public. Latreese Jones, board member, Auti

PHOTO:  A new series is helping Ohio parents learn more about how they can seek the best treatment, therapies and strategies to help their child with autism. Photo courtesy of OCAALI.

COLUMBUS, Ohio - As the number of children diagnosed with autism continues to rise, many parents are entering an unfamiliar world. A new training series is helping Ohio parents learn more about how they can seek the best treatment, therapies and strategies to help their children. According to Donn

PHOTO: Itís Autism Awareness Month and one message being spread about the disorder is the importance of the inclusion of individuals with autism in the classroom, workplace and community.  Photo courtesy of the Autism Society of Ohio.

COLUMBUS, Ohio - A continued rise in the autism diagnosis rate signals a growing need for autism awareness. In the past, the approach has been to educate children with autism in their own classrooms with other "special needs" students. But advocates say the concept of inclusion or "mainstreaming" ca

Photo: Governor Kasich's support of Medicaid expansion in the state could help thousands of Ohioans affected by autism who need help accessing treatments.

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Gov. John Kasich recently took a bold step by mandating that insurance companies cover autism in their health care policies. Now comes an opportunity to help even more individuals impacted by developmental disabilities. Marla Root, an Autism Society of Ohio board member, said expans

IMAGE: Experts say there is no link between autism and planned violence.

COLUMBUS, Ohio - As the nation looks for answers to why a gunman killed 26 people at a Connecticut elementary school, some former classmates have said they thought Adam Lanza had a form of autism. However, experts say it's important to point out that there is no connection between the disorder and p

PHOTO: Picture of Marla Root at a Statehouse conference introducing the new legislation.

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Relief could be coming to families in Ohio who struggle to pay for adequate care and services needed for individuals with autism. Bills introduced in the Ohio House and Senate would clarify that autism spectrum disorders should be covered under the state's Mental Health Parity Act o

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