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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- The coordinator of West Virginia's autism registry says many doctors aren't complying with a requirement to report diagnoses of children on the autism spectrum.

Julie O'Malley tells the Charleston Daily Mail that compliance with the reporting requirement has been a yearly issue. That's despite efforts to let doctors know the importance of adding autism diagnoses to the registry.

West Virginia created the autism registry in 2004. Psychologists, pediatric neurologists and pediatricians are required to report any child they diagnose on the autism spectrum.

The information is used to apply for grants and resources to help people affected by autism.

West Virginia Autism Training Center executive director Barbara Becker-Cottrill says funding is directly tied to the number of cases.

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