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Ruling in Rhode Island to Help Adults with Disabilities Find Better Jobs

April 10, 2014

A recent article in The New York Times detailed a US Department of Justice (DOJ)  agreement with Rhode Island to reform the state's “overreliance” on segregated work settings that exclude integrated alternatives for competitive employment for individuals with disabilities.

Military Families Ask Congress to Fix TRICARE

April 09, 2014

WASHINGTON, DC (April 9, 2014) -- Military families raising children with autism and Down syndrome today called on Congress to overhaul insurance coverage provided under TRICARE for applied behavior analysis (ABA) during Capitol Hill briefings organized by Autism Speaks. Reps. John Larson (D-CT) and Tom Rooney (R-FL), who have championed TRICARE reform bills in the past, said they remain committed to improving ABA coverage for military kids and will soon introduce new legislation.

Obama Issues World Autism Awareness Day Proclamation

April 02, 2014

WASHINGTON, DC (April 2, 2014) -- President Barack Obama today issued a White House proclamation recognizing World Autism Awareness Day, noting that Americans with autism are "an essential thread in the diverse tapestry of our Nation."

Obama cited the Affordable Care Act which prevents insurers from denying coverage to people because they have autism and requires preventive childhood screenings to detect autism at no out-of-pocket cost to parents.

Autism Speaks Kicks Off World Autism Awareness Month

States across the country Light It Up Blue

April 02, 2014

Washington, D.C. (April 2, 2014) – In conjunction with World Autism Awareness Day, Autism Speaks launched its fifth annual Light It Up Blue campaign today, turning iconic landmarks, state capitals and homes across the country blue for the month of April.  Beginning with the Empire State Building this afternoon, the Light It Up Blue campaign will call worldwide attention for greater autism awareness.

Liz Feld Discusses Autism Prevalence on C-SPAN's "Washington Journal"

April 01, 2014

April 1, 2014 - Autism Speaks President Liz Feld appeared on C-SPAN's "Washington Journal" today to discuss  the CDC's new autism prevalence estimate of 1 in 68, and to emphasize the need or a comprehensive national response to autism’s rising numbers.

Feld told host Pedro Echevarria, "We have got to develop a national strategy to address the needs of the autism community across the lifespan."

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