Autism affects nearly one in nine children, causing a bigger health problem for kids than cancer, diabetes and AIDS combined.
The Center for Autism and Related Disorders has received a $750,000 grant from the Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services.
The money will fund a treatment called Applied Behavior Analysis for hundreds of children over the next two years. ABA is a systematic behavior modification process that has shown significant promise for autistic children.
"This grant is going to provide the most effective treatment for autism that we know today,” Dorothy Light with the Center for Autism and Related Disorders said. “It's going to put it in the hands of families all over the Austin area."
The grant-funded treatment is available to families who have already had an Autism diagnosis. Click here for more information.