(AREA) -- In honor of Autism Awareness Month, State Representative Dan Lauwers Wednesday, April 17 highlighted a new state plan to help address the needs of the 16,000 young people with autism in Michigan public schools and the 50,000 residents and families living with Autism Spectrum Disorders.
The Michigan ASD State Plan was created by advisory committees made up of groups including state health officials, parents, autistic adults, educators, agency/organization professionals, health care providers and university faculty.
"The growing number of people who have been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders need our understanding and help in order to reach their fullest potential," said Lauwers, R-Brockway Township. "The new plan provides a roadmap to build an infrastructure of support for individuals and families living with autism."
The ultimate goal of the plan is to guide future planning, decision making, and resource allocation to meet the needs of individuals and families.
Local residents who want information about the plan can visit www.michigan.gov/autism The website also includes information on Michigan's Autism Insurance Reform legislation, which was approved last session.