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April 15, 2014

Proposal calls for new strategies on autism

BOSTON (AP) — State lawmakers are proposing new strategies for addressing the needs of a growing number of children diagnosed with autism.

The House of Representatives will consider a bill later this week to create a state Autism Commission and develop a training program to help school districts and teachers educate students with autism and keep them in regular classrooms, whenever possible.

The bill would also allow families to set up tax-exempt savings accounts to help them care for disabled children and cover costs for education, medical care and other needs.

House Speaker Robert DeLeo, D-Winthrop, says the bill would make Massachusetts a leader in caring for people with autism.

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