Autism Speaks Gathering Monday in West Hartford

WEST HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut Congressman John Larson, two Obama administration officials, parents and others are gathering for a community forum in West Hartford about autism spectrum disorders.

Larson and members of Connecticut’s Autism Speaks chapter are hosting Monday’s forum. It will include discussions about proposals to help with diagnosis and therapies for people with the developmental disorder, and support for their families.

Speakers will include high-ranking officials from the U.S. Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

The public forum starts at 5:30 p.m. Monday in Mercy Hall at St. Joseph’s College in West Hartford.

The federal Centers for Disease Control says about 1 of every 110 children born in the U.S. is diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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