CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - The House of Delegates has unanimously voted to offer a tax break to West Virginia parents of children with autism.
Legislation advanced to the Senate on Wednesday would credit parents against their state income taxes for money they set aside for their child's care.
The bill allows for trust accounts for those funds, and offers an annual credit worth up to $2,000.
According to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, autism diagnoses among West Virginia children grew from 108 in 1994 to 508 in 2003.
Nationally, about 300,000 children have been diagnosed with the disorder.
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