Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Missouri Autism Panel Schedules Hearings

Missouri's new autism panel has scheduled five hearings this summer across the state to gather testimony and information for a report on "the state of autism in Missouri" its members are scheduled to deliver to the state Senate by October 31.

The 16-member committee, made up of lawmakers, parents, doctors and health officials "will look at services, teaching, training and research and then make recommendations for improving the quality of life for those with autism and their families," according to a statement released by the panel's chairman, State Sen. Scott T. Rupp. "We need to find solutions now that address the dramatically increasing concerns for families, service providers and policy makers," said Rupp, a Republican from Wentzville.

The tentative schedule of public hearings begins this week and carries on through the summer:

  • June 29, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., in the Senate Lounge at the State Capitol in Jefferson City.
  • July 20 in Cape Girardeau
  • August 10 in Springfield
  • August 31 in St. Louis
  • September 21 in Kansas City.
Exact times and locations for the hearings after this week's are to be announced. For more information, contact Sen. Rupp's office at 573-751-1282. Visit his website here.

Citizens can also submit testimony by e-mail (to mdestefano@senate.mo.gov) or by mail to Senator Scott T. Rupp, Attn. Blue Ribbon Panel on Autism, State Capitol Building, Room 426, Jefferson City, MO 65101, FAX: 573-526-4766.

For more background on the Missouri autism panel, see this article.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

It's good that it's finally being noticed how difficult life can be for those caring for people with autism. Sometimes it's a fantastic joy and not a problem. Other times it puts everyone in the poor-house keeping up.