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Elizabeth Emken

October 20, 2008

(October 20, 2008) In an article entitled Parents Press for Autism Insurance Laws, the Associated press provides a good look at the push for autism insurance reform in the states.  The article focuses on the family of Arzu Forough from Washington State and their fight to get insurance coverage for therapies for their 12-year-old son with autism.  Arzu is Autism Speaks' Chapter Advocacy Chair for Washington State. 

March 07, 2008

On March 7, 2008, Florida Governor Charlie Crist announced the creation of the Task Force on Autism Spectrum Disorders; Autism Speaks' Vice President of Government Affairs Elizabeth Emken has been appointed to the task force. The task force, made up of leaders in autism advocacy and treatment, health care practitioners, and family members of persons with autism, will work to address the growing health crisis that autism represents through coordinating efforts and setting a proactive agenda.