by Jonathan Slack
One in sixty-eight children are now diagnosed with autism. As the number of autistic individuals grows in this country, the number of people qualified to work and aid these individuals must also grow. Utah Valley University is responding to the growing autism population by creating an autism minor. Additionally, the university is constructing a new building that will provide counseling, diagnostic, social skills and family support groups to its community. It will also serve as a state of the art center for training new therapists and specialists who want to work with individuals on the autism spectrum. Hopefully more schools around the country will create similar autism minors, state of the art programs, and buildings to train the next generation of people who will improve our children’s lives.