Giving Autism A Voice

9 years 5 months 4 days ago June 29, 2007 Jun 29, 2007 Friday, June 29 2007 Friday, June 29, 2007 4:20:36 PM CDT in News

The first of five public hearings on the condition was spent hearing stories.

As a child with autism, Colton Lade doesn't speak with words, but with sounds and music. His love for melodies extends into his schooling, where he receives musical therapy.

"Oh definitely we've had a lot of positive experiences with the Jefferson City public school district," said mother Amy Lade.

She knows not all children are as lucky.

"In rural areas, they don't have the money or means to provide children with the services they need so they won't make progress like other kids," Lade said.

People from all across the state worked to get a better grasp on helping children with autism.

"We're focused on getting care for those with autism from birth until death," said Nikki Straw of the Missouri Autism Advisory Panel. "So, over their entire lifespan."

The panel will hold four more hearings in different parts of Missouri. Their goal is to gather information and give a report with recommendations to the Senate by Oct. 31.

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