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October 14, 2012

NEW YORK (October 14, 2012) -- Autism Speaks today mourned the passing of former U.S. Senator Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania, citing his leadership in Congress for a strong federal funding role for health and autism research.

September 18, 2012

NEW YORK (September 18, 2012) Autism Speaks today released a video featuring people on the autism spectrum, parents, siblings and teachers explaining why autism  is important to them  in this year’s November elections.

The 60-second video encourages the autism community to register to vote and to register with Autism Votes to make sure their voices are heard. Register for Autism Votes here.

September 13, 2012

WASHINGTON, DC (September 13, 2012) -- Autism Speaks has endorsed a bill sponsored by Rep. Steve Stivers (OH-15) that would require the Department of Defense to review TRICARE policy for the children of military families, including those with special needs.

September 13, 2012

NEW YORK (September 13, 2012) -- Now you can get our brand new Autism Votes 2012 Election T-shirts that let everyone know "Our 1 in 88 can't wait." Buy one, wear it around town, get people involved and registered with the Autism Votes program.

September 11, 2012

COLUMBUS, OH (September 11, 2012) -- A coalition of over 50 disability organizations, including Autism Speaks, is hosting a non-partisan September 28 National Forum on Disability Issues where the Democratic and Republican presidential candidates will have the opportunity to present their positions on disability issues and the public will be able to respond through a webcast.

Both the Romney and Obama campaigns have acknowledged the event; the level of their participation will be detailed closer to the event. 

September 06, 2012

CHARLOTTE (September 6, 2012) -- Former President Bill Clinton, in his speech to the Democratic National Convention last night, referenced autism in remarks about Medicaid.

In a critique of the Republicans, Clinton said:

September 05, 2012

WASHINGTON, DC (September 5, 2012) -- The 2012 Democratic and Republican party platforms have been issued and both make specific reference to autism among their policy goals for the next four years.

July 26, 2012

WASHINGTON, DC (July 26, 2012) -- A federal judge in Washington has handed military families a major victory in their pursuit of insurance coverage for Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy for their dependents by ruling in a class action lawsuit that the Department of Defense's (DoD)  policy of limiting benefits to active duty members was "arbitrary and capricious."