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Maryland 2014-15 Autism Insurance Workshops

Autism Speaks, Pathfinders for Autism and the Maryland Association of Behavior Analysts are conducting a series of workshops across the state to familiarize families, individuals with autism and providers with Maryland law affecting autism insurance coverage.

2014

October 14 (Tuesday), Smithsburg
6:00 - 8:00PM
Smithsburg Library
66 West Water Street

December 1 (Monday), Westminster
6:30 - 8:00 PM
The Arc Carroll County 
180 Kriders Church Road

Poverty For Americans With Disabilities Rises, Now Double U.S. Rate

September 18, 2014

WASHINGTON, DC (September 18, 2014) -- As unemployment and poverty decline across the nation, both indicators for Americans with disabilities are now double the national average and poverty is on the rise, a Senate committee reported today. The release of the U.S. Census Bureau statistics prompted renewed calls on Congress to pass the ABLE Act to dramatically increase the private resources available for adults with disabilities to pay for their housing, medical, transportation and other needs.

California To Start Medicaid Coverage Monday for ABA For Autism

September 11, 2014

SACRAMENTO, CA (September 11, 2014) – As many as 75,000 primarily low-income California children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) will become eligible for a life-altering form of treatment through Medi-Cal starting Monday when California becomes the first state to implement a federal directive to step up Medicaid coverage for children with autism.

Medicaid Coverage for ABA By States Accelerates

September 15, 2014

NEW YORK (September 15, 2014) -- In response to a July directive from the federal government to step up Medicaid-funded treatment for autism, a number of states are quickly moving forward to add benefits for behavioral health treatment. One state--Hawai'i--has been hit with a class action suit for failing to provide the coverage.

Autism Speaks Names Director For Housing, Community Living

September 08, 2014

WASHINGTON, DC (September 8, 2014) -- Autism Speaks has named Angela Lello, a policy expert in Medicaid and longterm care and the mother of a child with autism, as its first Director of Housing and Community Living. The position was created in response to the rapid growth of individuals with autism "aging out" of school-based services into adulthood and the lack of services that await them.

The Autism Law Summit

The Autism Law Summit is a gathering of parent advocates, individuals with autism, autism service providers, lawyers, lobbyists and legislators from across the United States who are interested in the politics and policy of autism spectrum disorders. The 2014 Autism Law Summit will be held November 15-16 in Nashville!

Whether you are the parent of a newly diagnosed child with autism or a seasoned lobbyist the Autism Law Summit will provide you with information and strategies necessary to be an effective advocate for the autism community.