The Oklahoma State Senate approved legislation Tuesday that encourages school districts to include a special emphasis on autism as part of any professional development program on special education that may be provided to teachers in the district.
Senate Bill 1686 is authored by State Senator Mary Easley, D-Tulsa, and will now go to the House of Representatives for consideration.
Senator Easley said she is particularly passionate about this piece of legislation because autism personally touches her life every day through interaction with a special family member.
“Autism is affecting a growing number of families both here in
Autism is characterized by impaired social interaction, problems with verbal and nonverbal communication, and unusual, repetitive, or severely limited activities and interests. These behaviors can range in impact from mild to disabling. Scientists aren’t sure what causes autism and there is no cure.
Robyne Rohde is a member of the Oklahoma Autism Coalition. She and her husband Wayne are parents of a son Nick, who was diagnosed with autism. They support Senator Easley’s legislation.
“I hope the passage of this bill means
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