autism

"State officials on Monday acknowledged they’d omitted hundreds of pages of medical studies from packets supplied to a state review panel slated to consider medical marijuana for treating autism. The panel will reconvene July 31 to reconsider autism, officials said." (Detroit Free Press)

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A state board is considering adding autism to the conditions that can legally be treated with medical marijuana in Michigan. 

From the All For One exhibit at the Park Trades Center in Kalamazoo
courtesy of Bill Davis

Last year, Western Michigan University art students took a class that examined art made by kids with autism to better understand how they communicate.

Now the Autism & Visual Art Project has blossomed to a global program that includes workshop materials for educators, an exhibit, and even a documentary film.

Scott Erskine / AP Photo

Western Michigan University has won $4 million from the state to help families with autistic kids. State Representative Margaret O’Brien of Portage says the money is needed because there aren’t enough professionals to meet demand.

The money goes to the Behavior Analysis Program in Western’s Department of Psychology. University officials say it will be used for research to make autism treatments more effective. Other uses include hiring more professors to increase the number of certified autism professionals.

Courtesy of Bruce Mills

Kalamazoo College English Professor Bruce Mills wanted to write a book that told the story of him and his family. 

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