Privacy paramount for autism database
New Jersey’s announcement Oct, 8 that it will set up an electronic registry for children with autism in the state could be a two-edge sword. On one hand, Gov. Jon S. Corzine hopes to get a more accurate reading on how widespread the incidence of autism is in New Jersey and to put children and their families in contact with treatment and support services. But as with all such registries and databases, there’s a chance for abuse. The state much ensure that adequate privacy policies are in effect. New Jersey recently became the first state to require that insurance companies provide up to $36,000 a year for speech, occupational and other early intervention therapies for children diagnosed with autism.
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