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January 01, 2011
  • New prevalence studies published by the CDC reports that ASD now affects roughly 1% of children in the US (1 in 110) and an even higher percentage of boys.
     
  • American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that all children be screened for autism at their 18- and 24-month checkups. Today, scientists are exploring ways to identify ASD in the first year of life.
     
December 20, 2010

NEW YORK, NY (December 20, 2010) – Autism Speaks, the nation’s largest autism science and advocacy organization, today applauded United States Senator Christopher Dodd (CT) for introducing S.4044, the Combating Autism Reauthorization Act (CARA) and for his continued advocacy on behalf of individuals and families affected by autism. The organization also praised Senator Robert Menendez (NJ) for his leadership on autism and for joining Senator Dodd in introducing this legislation.

December 15, 2010

Washington, DC (December 15, 2010) -- The National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC), a voluntary organization of chief insurance regulatory officials, recently named 27 consumer liaison representatives for 2011, including Stuart Spielman, Senior Policy Advisor and Counsel for Autism Speaks. In this position, Stuart will be a voice for the autism community at a time when insurance regulators consider critical issues relating to health care reform.

NAIC NAMES 2011 CONSUMER LIAISON REPRESENTATIVES

October 21, 2010

NEW YORK, NY (October 21, 2010) – Autism Speaks today joined with tens of thousands of families and advocates across New York State to express extreme disappointment in Governor David Paterson’s veto of landmark autism insurance reform legislation – passed unanimously by the state legislature – and challenged the cost projections cited by the governor in justifying his decision.

October 13, 2010

(October 13, 2010)  -- Autism Speaks has launched a radio ad campaign urging New York Governor David Paterson to sign S.7000B, the autism insurance reform bill, into law immediately.  Listen to our radio ad, then read our blog below to learn why it is important for EVERYONE to take action, even if you don't live in New York State! 
You can listen to our radio spot here:

September 23, 2010

NEW YORK, N.Y. (September 23, 2010) – Autism Speaks, the nation’s largest autism science and advocacy organization, today applauds the U.S. House of Representatives for passing the Training and Research for Autism Improvements Nationwide, which would provide for grants and technical assistance to improve services rendered to children and adults with autism, and their families. Floor debate on the bill was held yesterday with comments from Congressmen Chris Smith (NJ-4), Michael Doyle (PA-14), Frank Pallone Jr. (NJ-6), and Edward Whitfield (KY-1).

July 29, 2010

NEW YORK, NY (July 29, 2010) -- Autism Speaks joined State Representative Barbara L'’Italien, Advocates For Autism of Massachusetts (AFAM), parents of children with autism and other autism advocates today in applauding the members of the state Senate for their unanimous passage of House Bill 4935 (formerly H. 3809), which requires insurance companies to provide coverage of evidence-based, medically necessary autism therapies, such as applied behavior analysis. H. 4935 was passed unanimously by the House on Tuesday.

July 27, 2010

NEW YORK, NY (July 27, 2010) -- Autism Speaks joined New Hampshire families, the New Hampshire Council on Autism Spectrum Disorders, the Autism Society of New Hampshire, and other autism advocacy organizations on Friday in applauding Governor John Lynch for enacting House Bill 569, also known as Connor’s Law. This bill requires health insurance companies to provide coverage of evidence-based, medically necessary autism therapies, such as applied behavior analysis (ABA) therapy. HB 569 will go into effect on January 1, 2011.