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Feds: Ohio must provide treatment to autistic kids

CINCINNATI (AP) — The U.S. Department of Education is telling Ohio officials that an intensive treatment for autism must be made available to any child who is considered a good candidate.

The Cincinnati Enquirer reports (http://cin.ci/15WU5Ck ) that the letter comes as a legal battle continues over whether federal law requires Ohio to provide the treatment, known as applied behavior analysis.

A Clermont County couple filed a lawsuit last year, accusing the state of discriminating against children with autism by failing to provide the treatment.

The federal department's director of special education programs told state officials in a letter last week that Ohio must make early intervention services available, including the treatment.

Melody Musgrove also said the department is monitoring the litigation in Ohio and that the state is responsible for following the rules.

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