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The 'Sequester' Is Here. Now What?

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.

Harkin Calls for 25% Growth In U.S. Disability Workforce

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."

Autism Speaks: New Federal Health Care Rules Come Up Short on Autism

February 20, 2013

NEW YORK (February 21, 2013) -- The expanded access to health care promised through the Affordable Care Act (ACA) would fall short with autism under new federal regulations that fail to require every state to include coverage for behavioral health treatment as the law required, said Peter Bell, Autism Speaks' executive vice president for programs and services. Autism is the fastest growing developmental disability in the United States with an estimated 1 of every 88 children now diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder.

ABLE Act Reintroduced in New Congress

February 13, 2013

WASHINGTON, DC (February, 13, 2013) -- Bipartisan legislation that would enable families to create tax-free savings accounts, similar to college savings accounts, for their child with disabilities was reintroduced in both houses of Congress today. The new accounts would not jeopardize eligibility for Medicaid, Social Security, private insurance and other benefits.

UN Convention on Disabilities Fails in Senate

December 04, 2012

WASHINGTON, DC (November 4, 2012) -- A vote to ratify the U.N. Convention on the Rights of Persons With Disabilities fell six votes short of the two thirds majority required in the Senate today.

Already approved by 126 other nations, the Convention is modeled after the 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act. According to the World Health Organization, more than one billion people worldwide live with a disability, such as autism.

Bob Wright Tells Congress: 'Face Up to the Crisis'

November 29, 2012

Update: Bob Wright on Andrea Mitchell Reports. Watch here

WASHINGTON, DC (November 29, 2012) -- Autism Speaks Co-founder Bob Wright told the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform today the federal government has failed to respond to the nation's growing autism epidemic with the sense of urgency it deserves. The committee pledged to dig deeper into the issue.