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By Karen Cohilas - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) –  Ten million dollars has been granted to universities throughout the country to help diagnose Autism.

 The National Science Foundation is giving the money to colleges like Georgia Tech to develop a computer system to help screen young children for developmental disorders like autism.

Diane Blocker is the founder and director of the Albany Autism Resource Center. Her son Garrett was diagnosed with Autism when he was two.

She says there's no question that diagnosing Autism early is critical in a child's success, however, she wants to see more money actually spent on treatment of the disease. 

"That's great. That still doesn't help the fact that once I have autism, then what? I mean, we might can diagnose that many more children, but that still isn't helping us treat them," said Blocker.

Blocker would like to see more grant money helping parents send their children to places like the Albany Autism Center, or to fund insurance and medicaid programs for their treatment.

 

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