KIMT News 3- It’s a health condition that millions of children have and now a local lawmaker is hoping to bring the issue to light again.
State Senator Dave Senjem of Rochester is hopeful that lawmakers will talk about the Autism Task Force next session. The force is meant to help both the children and their families deal with the condition but was put aside in the 2014 session. There was even talk of just getting rid of it. “It’s terribly important we put into place the support structures and processes, the early recognition if you will of an autistic child. How do you diagnose them? Where does that diagnose occur?” Senjem said.
According to state officials, Minnesota has one of the highest autism rates in the country.