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Executive proclamation for April as Autism Awareness Month in South Dakota

State studies services, insurance coverage for treatment of children with autism

PIERRE, S.D. – A study of services and insurance coverage for the treatment of autism spectrum disorder for children is under way in South Dakota.

The study was enacted by the South Dakota Legislature earlier this year with the passage of Senate Bill 108 and is being conducted jointly by the state departments of Human Services (DHS) and Labor and Regulation (DLR). A request for proposals seeking implementation of the study was issued April 15 with a proposal deadline of May 15.

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Autism Awareness Month

April is National Autism Awareness Month, and each year the Central South Dakota Autism Support Group requests an executive proclamation from the Governor’s Office, proclaiming April as Autism Awareness Month in South Dakota. The Autism Society has been celebrating National Autism Awareness Month since the 1970s in order to highlight the growing need for concern and awareness about autism. The United States recognizes April as a special opportunity to educate the public about autism and issues within the autism community.

Autism is a lifelong neurological disability that prevents appropriate understanding of what an individual sees, hears or otherwise senses and can cause severe problems in learning, verbal and nonverbal communication, and the acquisition of social interaction skills. Support groups such as these remain committed to educating the general public about autism and providing positive behavior support for all people with autism.

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