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Connecticut Families Participate in the Second Autism Speaks Autism Forum

January 28, 2009

Meriden, CT (January 28, 2009) - Crowding the Hall at New Life Church in Meriden, Conn. this past Sunday, families affected by autism all across Connecticut had the opportunity to learn more about what  legislative actions were moving towards helping those living with autism.
Moderated by Congressman Chris Murphy (CT-5), panelists included Connecticut State Representative Cathy Abercrombie, Connecticut Department of Developmental Services Autism Coordinator Kathy Reddington, Connecticut Healthcare Advocate and parent to two adults with autism Kevin Lembo and Autism Speaks Regional Director State Advocacy Relations and mother to a son with autism, Judith Ursitti.  Topics ranged from both state and federal autism insurance reform, adult services and job training, state early intervention services, paraprofessional training, teacher training and bullying.  Participants learned of Senate Bill 301 to address state autism insurance reform and President Obama’s plans to include autism in his federal insurance coverage mandate. 
Panelists agreed that there was so too much to discuss in one short session, and encouraged attendees to contact their legislators to encourage their support for autism specific legislation.
Pictured Above 1: Autism Speaks Autism Forum panelists; Representative Cathy Abercrombie, Department of Developmental Services Autism Coordinator Kathy Reddington, Connecticut Healthcare Advocate Kevin Lembo, Autism Speaks Regional Director State Advocacy Relations Judith Ursitti.
Pictured Above 2: CT Congressman Chris Murphy talks with parents