|[ Opinion ]|
|Updated: Thursday, January 22, 2009|
The Steele Report
The increased diagnosis of autism in society has fueled a debate about the best way to address the problem and help children with the condition.
In addition, the interim study afforded the opportunity for the Legislature to address the root problem facing Oklahomans with autism - a lack of service providers. A recent state pilot program providing families over $12,000 to obtain autism-related services resulted in much of the money remaining unspent because there were not enough professionals to meet demand.