Health officials in Michigan have laid out a plan to help thousands of families dealing with autism.
Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley announced the plan Monday, calling for early screenings so families can get help earlier in a child's life. It also calls for additional training for primary caregivers to help them identify the disorder.
Calley says his daughter has autism, and he wants to help, after overcoming difficulties to help his own child.
"I knew that if the lieutenant governor had that difficult a time in making things happen for his daughter, that the average person had no chance at all,” the republican says. “My hope is that people who are not the lieutenant governor, who have kids with autism, will be able to have every bit of opportunity and every bit or as much hope with their child as our child."
The new guidelines will help children as well as adults affected by autism, Including information about higher education options and employment services.