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Texas: >50,000 children with ASD in Texas

July 17, 2017, University of Houston, The Signal: New law requires license for applied behavior analysis http://uhclthesignal.com/wordpress/2017/07/17/new-law-requires-license-for-applied-behavior-analysis/ A new law requires a state license to practice applied behavior analysis, which should benefit thousands of Texas families dealing with autism by reinforcing the standard of care and possibly resulting in more affordable services. Two legislative sessions in the making, the law was sought by the Texas Association for Behavior Analysis, or TxABA, whose leadership has strong ties to University of Houston-Clear Lake faculty. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signed Senate Bill 589 into law in mid-June. ... More than 51,300 Texas residents between the ages of 3-21 were diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder in 2015, the state’s Office of Special Education Programs reported. “There is a high demand for applied behavior analysis services in Texas,” Lechago said. ...