Thursday, March 31, 2011

Nevada Considers Autism Bills

CARSON CITY, Nev. — Testifying before the Nevada Legislature on funding for autism services was a herculean effort Wednesday for Reno mother Sherrie Olson.
Her 2-year-old son A.J., wearing a Superman T-shirt, screamed and writhed in her arms. He tried to run out of the hearing room and ride the elevators up and down. He didn't speak or listen to the people around him.
It's just an ordinary day for a parent of a child with autism.
"It's the best feeling ever when you get hugs from him rather than just screaming," Olson said.
Nevada legislators Wednesday heard three bills that would rework the state's autism services and replenish funding at the same time federal money and state general funds are drying up.

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