LANSING – Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has signed legislation to take $5.5 million from a state autism fund and redirect it to autism programs at universities and for autism-related family assistance services.
Western Michigan University will receive $3 million, while Central Michigan and Oakland universities will continue getting $500,000 apiece.
The money will help universities train health workers to assess, diagnose, and provide treatment to people with autism spectrum disorders. The bill signed Monday also provides $1.5 million for the Autism Alliance of Michigan to provide assistance and resources for families dealing with the disorder.