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April 02, 2013

WASHINGTON, DC (April 2, 2013) -- President Obama commemorated World Autism Awareness Day by announcing the launch of a $100 million brain science initiative "designed to revolutionize our understanding of the human brain." The announcement was made from the White House following an event in the Blue Room where Autism Speaks and other advocates celebrated "Light It Up Blue."

Key panel recommends including ABA through its Affordable Care Act plans
March 25, 2013

WASHINGTON, DC (March 25, 2013) -- The District of Columbia Health Benefit Exchange Authority has recommended that coverage for applied behavior analysis (ABA) be required in the new health plans created later this year under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The recommendation now requires only the approval of the District Council.

March 22, 2013

WASHINGTON, DC (March 22, 2013) -- Key Congressional champions for increased autism research and services say a new federal survey which found a 1 in 50 autism prevalence rate increases the urgency for a national strategy to address the epidemic.

March 19, 2013

WASHINGTON, DC (March 19, 2013) -- Americans with disabilities experience higher unemployment rates than the general population and those who are employed tend to hold low-paying jobs, work part-time and earn less than their counterparts, according to a new study released by the U.S. Census Bureau's American Community Survey (ACS).

March 14, 2013

WASHINGTON, DC (March 14, 2013) – Representative Ander Crenshaw (R-FL), Senator Robert Casey, Jr. (D-PA), fellow Members of Congress and disability advocates, including Autism Speaks, joined at a Capitol Hill rally today to urge fast action in Congress on the Achieving a Better Life Experience Act (ABLE) which would create tax-free savings accounts for people with disabilities.

March 06, 2013

WASHINGTON, DC (March 6, 2013) -- A bipartisan group of 11 Members of Congress from Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia are urging a federal agency to make insurance coverage for applied behavior analysis (ABA) available to all 8 million federal employees, dependents and retirees, the nation's largest single workforce.

March 01, 2013

NEW YORK (March 1, 2013) --  America’s most vulnerable citizens—people with autism and related disorders-- face a longterm loss of billions of dollars in services and supports as a result of the $85 billion federal spending cut –or  “sequester”—announced  today.  The impacts would affect all people with autism regardless of age or range of ability, reaching into special education, housing, research and even employment support.

February 27, 2013

WASHINGTON, DC (February 27, 2013) -- Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA) called for the U.S, disability workforce to grow 25 percent, to six million, by 2015 during a special hearing yesterday of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee. Harkin, the commiteee chair, called the hearing to follow up on his 2012 committee report, "Unfinished Business: Making Employment of People with Disabilities a National Priority."