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Autistic student numbers on rise

The number of West Virginia students diagnosed as autistic has more than tripled in nine years, and the superintendent of the county with the highest number told state school board members his county is paying as much as $200,000 per child in severe cases.

Manny Arvon, superintendent of Berkeley County Schools, spoke with board members about his county’s unusually high number of autistic students in a meeting Wednesday.

He said when he first took the superintendent job there in 1997, the county had 11 autistic students. This year the county has about 161.

Read more here: Autistic student numbers on riseĀ  – State News – Charleston Daily Mail – West Virginia News and Sports –.

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