The rise of children being diagnosed with autism, and the scarcity of adequate lifetime services for those on the spectrum necessitate the urgency for legislation that will protect this population and provide relief and support for their caregivers. Presently, activist groups comprised of families, service providers and advocates are pursuing legislation that will:
Improve health insurance coverage for individuals with autism;
Improve autism special education;
Conduct prevalence studies;
Determine if there are "Autism Hot Spots" (Autism Mapping) around the state;
Improve community services for children and adults with autism;
Reform vaccine mandates via improved religious, medical and philosophical exemption laws;
Provide increased safety for developmentally disabled adults in residential and educational settings.