Thursday, September 11, 2008

A Look at Autism Services in Alaska

Blogger Michael Petrelis reports on a lawsuit against Gov. Palin for inadequate services for people with disabilities. The suit is on behalf of Billy Olson, "a 16-year-old with severe autism, whose parents are suing the governor and the state because Alaska lack 24-hour residential programs for severe-needs autistic children and adolescents. Billy is currently living in an out-of-state residential facility, thousands of miles away from his family." Petrelis includes a link to the 46-page filing. (It's hard to read unless you select "full screen" in the top menu.)

One of the comments includes some other interesting links:

- A profile of Alaska's autism services, June 2008

- Early Intensive Intervention Services for Alaska Children with Autism: A Policy Analysis, a 16-page report by the Governor’s Council on Disabilities & Special Education, 2007
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