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Wednesday marks World Autism Day

ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Some child advocates are using World Autism Day to push for better treatment for autistic kids in Georgia.

New studies show that 1 in every 68 children in the country is diagnosed with autism. During the General Assembly session. Lawmakers failed to pass a bill that advocates say would have helped those children.

"Ava's law we put a lot of effort into trying to get that law passed during the session this year. It was a mandate to get insurance companies to start to pay for autism services for children and unfortunately it failed this year," said Katrina Beckhom of Beckhom Behavioral Consulting. "We are still trying to push forward with as much effort as possible to get families to advocate for that service so hopefully we can get it next year."

Behavioral treatment for children with autism costs tens of thousands of dollars a year

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