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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.

Playground Built in Honor of Sandy Hook Victim with Autism

December 14, 2013

This week, the life of Josephine “Joey” Gay, a victim of the Newtown tragedy who had autism, was celebrated when a new playground in Bridgeport, CT, was dedicated in her honor. A new project called “Where Angels Play” is helping to build 26 playgrounds, including Joey’s, for each of the 26 Newtown victims in different parts of Connecticut affected by Superstorm Sandy.

Darien, Conn., Superintendent Resigns After Special Ed Investigation

October 23, 2013

Darien, Conn., schools Superintendent Dr. Steven Falcone submitted his resignation on the heels of a state investigation that found the school district broke state and federal special education laws.

The investigation, prompted by complaints from 24 parents, found that the district changed specially-tailored education programs for some students without consent from their parents—a violation of the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.

Autism Speaks Oct 19-20 Weekend Event Recap

October 19, 2013

Thousands of walkers turned out to Walk Now For Autism Speaks events this weekend! Five locations held Walks Saturday, and one took place Sunday to raise funds and awareness for the Autism Speaks mission. 

It's not too late to make a donation to these events. You can see the latest event information and make a general donation to an individual Walk by clicking on event links below. 

Saturday Events:

Malloy Signs DSM-V Bill

June 05, 2013

HARTFORD (June 5, 2013) -- Governor Dannel Malloy has signed a bill, SB.1029, that shields anyone diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder prior to the release of the new DSM-V from losing their benefits under the state's 2009 autism insurance reform law.

The bill was championed by Senators Joseph Crisco, Martin Looney and Rob Kane, and Representatives Cathy Abercrombie and Tony Hwang.

Rep. Larson Celebrates House Vote with Connecticut Military Families

May 22, 2012

HARTFORD, CT (May 22, 2012) -- Rep. John Larson of Connecticut joined with local military families to celebrate and raise awareness of last week's vote in the U.S. House of Representatives on a measure that would end insurance discrimination against Department of Defense military families caring for dependents with autism.