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The West Virginia Autism Training Center based at Marshall University has expanded its programs to Shepherd.

Shepherd joins Concord University as the second campus-based satellite site for Marshall’s autism services program.

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Thousands of autistic children in West Virginia find themselves stuck on treatment wait lists for years, missing their best chances for improvement as 2- and 3-year-olds.

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The prevalence of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) seems to have reached a plateau, with as many children affected by ASD in the United States today as two years ago, when the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention last reported on the subject. No West Virginia specific data is available.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that 1 in 68 school-aged children has ASD in the United States, according to a report published yesterday in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report Surveillance Summary.

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Our newsroom recently teamed up with the producers of Inspiring West Virginians for a special episode of Inside Appalachia. The show features Mountain State natives who are leaders in business or a STEM field. STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and math. 

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On West Virginia Morning, as the nation recognizes autism awareness month, Clark Davis talks to a student who is benefiting from the services of the autism training center at Marshall University.  And Roxy Todd reports on the VISTA program in West Virginia. 

These stories on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting – telling West Virginia’s story.

Autism Treatments Coming Along Slowly in State

Apr 24, 2015
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As the country recognizes autism awareness month, the state is making progress, but researchers across West Virginia say there’s still a long way to go.

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Alec Hildebeidel is a junior journalism student at Marshall University. He was attracted to Marshall by the radio program at the student-run station WMUL. But, perhaps more importantly for Alec, the Bel Air, Maryland, native was attracted to a program at the University to help students with autism.  

New Research at WVU Studies Autism

Oct 6, 2014
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On West Virginia Morning, Glynis Board reports on new research underway in the state to study autism.  And we’ll hear from the third party candidates in the race for the United States Senate.  They were guests on our political talk show Viewpoint on Friday. 

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The Center for Disease Control reports that one in 68 children in the U.S. will have autism. That number jumps to 1 in 42 if we’re just talking about boys. And the risk increases if you already a have a child with autism. In West Virginia, new research is underway to try to get at how the autistic mind ticks.

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Often referred to as, ‘the greatest job in the world’, taking care of a child with special needs can be challenging for parent. Parents of children in Mercer County have formed their own support group. 

Living in rural areas often means living significant distances from medical specialists, and sometimes treatment. For example the best form of treatment for Autism is applied behavioral analysis. While there are limited specialists across the state, there is not a single specialist south of Charleston in West Virginia.

West Virginia Public Broadcasting Executive Director Scott Finn brings us this moving op-ed commentary published by The Charleston Gazette on Saturday, October 26. Finn examines the power of words and the ways he has learned to communicate with his son Max, who is considered non-verbal because of autism.