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The co-investigator for Western Michigan University’s Autism Center for Excellence says treatment for people with autism is getting better. But Stephanie Peterson says more discoveries are being made, and more challenges remain.


The Clinical Director of Western Michigan’s University Kalamazoo Autism Center says a new center on Westnedge is allowing for better treatment for more children with autism. 

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When a young child is diagnosed with autism, Western Michigan University doctoral student Thom Ratkos says “There’s really no telling what the trajectory is.” 

"LANSING, MI -- A fund designed to help insurers pay for autism coverage the legislature mandated in 2012 will run dry by November, according to the Department of Insurance and Financial Services." (MLive)

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“If you know one student with autism, you know one student with autism.” Thom Ratkos says that’s a phrase parents of autistic children use because each child is so different.