IN 2004, West Virginia became the first state to track children who suffer autism, a disorder characterized by impaired social interaction and communication.
Nearly a decade later, though, the registry is not as complete as it should be, officials say. That's odd since the children so diagnosed are not identified by name, only by the county they live in.
Julie O'Malley, the Autism Spectrum Disorder Registry coordinator, told the Daily Mail's Candace Nelson that autism spectrum disorders are a condition psychologists and others are supposed to report, but compliance is a problem.
"We're all busy, I know," O'Malley said. "But we struggle with this from year to year to year. We continue to make the fact that autism spectrum disorders are reportable conditions of childhood known."
Parents also play a role. Early detection is needed.
So is accurate reporting.
O'Malley said it helps the state make its case for grants and resources to help children who need and would greatly benefit from it.
That's reason enough for medical professionals to help provide such documentation.