Watch: Federal Response to Rise in Autism Rates

This nearly four-hour program is the C-SPAN video of the government oversight committee on the rise in autism rates in the nation. This meeting was held just days before the American Psychological Association approved the DSM-5, which changes criteria for Autism Spectrum Disorders and eliminates PDD-NOS and Asperger’s Disorder as distinct diagnosable conditions. Homepage Thumbnail Photo: jasoneppink/Flickr

Watch: Holly Robinson Peete on Autism Insurance Reform

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Autism insurance reform is a hot topic for many families of children with autism. I know that for years autism services weren’t covered by our group health insurance because they were habilitation and only rehabilitation was covered. As we all know, autism therapies aren’t exactly easy on the pocketbook – even the most mainstream and most document therapies like speech and occupational therapy. Thumbnail Photo: LaModestia/Flickr

Keeping All Students Safe Act (S.2020)

Yesterday I received an alert from Wrightslaw about the Keeping All Students Safe Act (S.2020). This was an action alert calling on everyone to contact our Senators asking for their support for the act. Here is an excerpt from the call to action: Please email your Senators and ask them to cosponsor the Keeping All Students Safe Act (S.2020). This bill will protect children nationwide from restraint and seclusion in schools. The need for this legislation is exemplified yet again {Read More}

Tell Your Senator to Vote NO on the Isakson Amendment

I received the following Action Alert via the Wrightslaw Special Ed Advocate newsletter and I wanted to pass it on to all of you. Although this isn’t autism specific, it could affect all children with disabilities. Do not allow schools to lower the academic expectations for students with disabilities. On October 19th, Senator Isakson (R-GA) is expected to offer an amendment to No Child Left Behind during Senate Committee consideration of the Elementary and Secondary Education Reauthorization Act of 2011. {Read More}

Proposed Medicaid Changes and Adults with Autism

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The battle of the budget, deficit reduction and the debt ceiling rages on in Washington. The proposed Medicaid changes could have a significant impact on adults with autism. The following is an executive summary by the Autistic Global Initiative (AGI) concerning the proposed Medicaid changes: Executive Summary: Response to the Advanced Notice of Proposed Rule Making for CMS-2296-P, Medicaid Program Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Waivers Submitted by A Four-State Alliance for ASDs Adult Community Housing & Living and The {Read More}

Ask Congress to Cosponsor IDEA Fairness Restoration Act

I received this action alert from the Autism Society of America, please take action today and ask Congress to cosponsor the IDEA Fairness Restoration Act. MPORTANT ACTION ALERT: CALL/EMAIL CONGRESS TO COSPONSOR IDEA FAIRNESS RESTORATION ACT WEDNESDAY, MAY 4, 2011 On Wednesday, May 4, 2011, please contact your senators and representatives and ask them to cosponsor the IDEA Fairness Restoration Act (S.613 AND H.R. 1208). This bill will allow parents to recover expert witness fees when they prevail in due {Read More}