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Those suffering from autism and their families are getting some much needed help thanks to a $500,000 grant to Western Michigan University psychologists from the Michigan Department of Community Health.

The grant was awarded to Drs. Stephanie Peterson and R. Wayne Fuqua, chair and professor, respectively, in the WMU Department of Psychology, who have implemented the grant project as co-investigators. The grant funded a sweeping array of initiatives that use high-tech methods to help train mental health practitioners, parents and others working with autism spectrum disorder, ultimately leading to wider certification of other professionals trained in treating autism.

The grant initiative came after the state reviewed existing autism services and passed legislation requiring insurance companies to cover treatment. Peterson and Fuqua looked closely at the gaps that were identified by the state and wove their grant proposal around those needs.

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