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Judge rules in favor of Ohio family in autism suit

CINCINNATI (AP) — A federal judge has ordered the state to provide speech therapy and other services to an autistic Ohio boy pending a ruling on a lawsuit by his parents seeking more extensive treatment.

The lawsuit filed by Robert and Holly Young last month accused the state of denying their 2-year-old son federally mandated treatment.

The Cincinnati Enquirer ( ) reports that U.S. District Court Judge Michael Barrett ordered Wednesday that the state restore some services that had been terminated.

The couple from Williamsburg, east of Cincinnati, accused the state of discriminating against children with autism and their parents by failing to provide them with a type of intensive treatment known as applied behavioral analysis.

Attorneys for the state say federal guidelines don't specifically require states to provide the treatment.

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