HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) – Governor Joe Manchin has signed into law a measure that can help secure the future of children with autism.
Gov. Manchin signed the bill in a ceremony at Marshall University which is home to to the West Virginia Autism Training Center.
The measure gives families of children with autism spectrum disorders
a tax deduction for contributions to a trust fund that may be used when the kids become adults.
According to the State Tax Department, it's a maximum deduction of
$2,000 and it's effective 2011
West Virginia is the first state in the nation to have this type of law.
The number of West Virginia children diagnosed with autism grew from about 100 in 1994 to about 500 in 2003.