Sondra Williams / Ohio State Autism Task Force

Volume #72, Report #225 --Friday, November 21, 2003

GOVERNOR NAMES AUTISM TASK FORCE MEMBERS TO HELP FINDS WAYS TO IMPROVE SERVICE DELIVERY


Governor Bob Taft on Friday named his appointees to a task force whose job it will be to find ways in which to improve the delivery of services to individuals suffering from autism. The Ohio Autism Task Force also is charged with studying the growing incidence of the disease in Ohio.


Mr. Taft's appointees to the 21-member panel include: Sondra Williams, Effie Davis and Charles Arndt, of Columbus; Douglas E. Krinsky of Westerville; Rick Schostek of Dublin; Rory R. McLean and John Opperman, of Broadview Heights; Denise Kissel and Denise Sawan Caruso of Akron; Nevada Waugh Reed of Hudson; Rebecca Morrison of Gahanna; Georgia J. Backus of Youngstown; Patricia Manning-Courtney of Wyoming, and; Joseph D. Napoli of Toledo. House and Senate leaders Members are not compensated.


The task force is charged with submitting a report to the governor and the Senate and House within the next year. Rep. Jon Peterson (R-Delaware), whose youngest daughter is autistic, won support for a budget bill amendment that created the task force. The lawmaker was also successful in adding provisions that: create a pilot voucher program for autistic students that provides parents with $15,000 per year to seek services outside districts, and; gave permissive authority to the Department of Job and Family Services to seek Medicaid waivers for autistic services.

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Service Guidelines for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD/PDD). Birth Through 21 by the Ohio Developmental Disabilities Council. 

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04/19/2004 - Member of autism task force brings special perspective - an interview with Sondra Williams by Michael J. Maurer

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08/05/2004 - Public invited to forum on autism by Jon Peterson

 


 

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"We each have our own way of living in the world, together we are like a symphony.
Some are the melody, some are the rhythm, some are the harmony
It all blends together, we are like a symphony, and each part is crucial.
We all contribute to the song of life."
...Sondra Williams

We might not always agree; but TOGETHER we will make a difference.

 

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