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U of L wants to create center to fight autism

It's estimated one in about 145 children are diagnosed with autism.  And now the University of Louisville wants to create a center that will help patients with the disorder.

The University wants to have its own Autism Center.  But right now, there's no timeline on when a new building will be built.

The University says it needs $100 million.  U of L President James Ramsey calls it a center "that promises to make a real difference for children with autism disorders."

Right now, many of the autism services are in different buidings, like the Weisskopf Children Evaluation Center.

The goal is to house all of the autism services in one building, although there is no timeline on when that'll happen.

Autism is a brain disorder that causes social and communication problems.  Right now, patients like 17-year-old Steven Brockmeyer and his mother travel from Richmond, Kentucky to Louisville and Cincinnati for his autism care.

U of L says its goal is to become a national center of excellence in autism.  Parents say there's only seven in the nation.

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