April 2012

Best of Both Worlds - Part 2

This is the second in a series of blog posts by Allison Rogers.  Please click here for the first post in the series. Allison is a lawyer in private practice in Washington D.C. and volunteers actively with Autism Speaks in their housing policy initiative.  She has a younger brother, Adam, who has autism.

Weekly Whirl - Bully Free World

If anyone knows how hectic life can get – WE DO! That’s why we have created the Autism Speaks Weekly Whirl to fill you in on all of the highlights of the week! The last thing we want is for you to be left out of the loop! Please share with friends and family to spread the word about all of the exciting things going on in the autism community. Keep in mind, these updates aren’t limited to Autism Speaks — we will be featuring news from across the community.

Autism in the News - 04.20.12

The New 7-Question Test That Can Diagnose Autism in Minutes (The Atlantic)
The method could reduce the amount of time needed to diagnose the developmental condition by 95 percent. Read more.

Home of the Month - PACTT Learning Center

Terry Herbstritt is the Development Director of PACTT Learning Center, where he has worked for the past 10 years.  He is a father of three, including a 27-year-old man with autism named Matt.  Matt started at the  PACTT School in 1994 and is now served by PACTT residential & adult vocational programs.

Autism Awareness Month – A Salute to Military Families

In this unique video, created by Option-G and Autism Speaks, a military mom speaks out. In a clever mix of animation and live video, Karen Driscoll, a Marine Corps wife, tells her story about having a child with autism in a military family. She talks about the real struggles that military families face – relocating, lack of services, and starting all over again after every move.

Autism in the News - 04.19.12

Around Dublin: School for autistic to conduct free screenings (Ireland)

Kerry’s Korner #13: Hernando Mississippi Lights It Up Blue

In this episode of Kerry’s Korner I spotlighted a Light It Up Blue celebration that was held in Hernando Mississippi. Hernando High School’s Interact Club, along with there teacher and co-sponsor Holly Neel, helped come up with the idea for a LIUB event for their town. In the video, we show a slideshow of different photos taken from the day of the event.

My Employer is Self-Insured. How Do I Get Autism Benefits?

 The Government Relations team held its first webchat in February on autism insurance and received an overwhelming response from families across the United States. Many of you expressed your concerns over working for employers who self-insure and therefore are exempt from autism insurance reform laws enacted at the state level.

Risk vs Cause

What’s the difference between something causing autism versus increasing risk for autism?

Autism in the News - 04.18.12

Autism coverage to be become part of Michigan law (Lansing, Mich.)
Legislation that will require insurance companies to offer coverage for autism treatments will soon be part of Michigan law. Read more.