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January 07, 2013

MIAMI (January 7, 2013) -- The state of Florida is appealing a 2012 federal court order that it cover ABA for children with autism under Medicaid, arguing it should have the right to make the determination on a case-by-case basis, the Miami Herald reports. Autism Speaks is intervening in the case on behalf of the plaintiffs, three young children who were denied ABA coverage.

Pilot Program Focused on Improving Services in Four Regions; Seeking Grants Proposals from Innovative Service Providers in South Florida, Chicago, Southern California and St. Louis

In an effort to increase its impact at the local level, Autism Speaks, the world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization, to

September 12, 2012

NEW YORK, N.Y. (September 12, 2012) – In an effort to increase its impact at the local level, Autism Speaks, the world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization, today issued a request for applications for its first Family Services Chapter Grants, a pilot program that seeks to directly support the innovative work of autism service providers in four key geographic chapters of Autism Speaks: South Florida, Chicagoland, Southern California and St. Louis.

Start Date: 
Tue, 2012-09-11 (All day)
End Date: 
Thu, 2012-09-13 (All day)

Participating Ruby Tuesday restaurants will give back 20% of the purchase to Autism Speaks on Sept. 11, 12 & 13. Print and present the attached flyer to receive credit. Bring family and friends to enjoy great food for a great cause!

March 26, 2012

NEW YORK, NY (March 26, 2012) – Autism Speaks, the nation's largest autism science and advocacy organization and the leading voice on autism insurance reform, today hailed Friday'’s decision by U.S. District Court Judge Joan Lenard ordering Florida'’s Medicaid program to cover Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) immediately, finding the treatment was medically necessary and not “experimental” as claimed by the state.

October 14, 2011

CORAL GABLES, FL (October 14, 2011) -- U.S. Senator Marco Rubio of Florida was honored at a "Puzzle Pieces of Our Community" event in recognition of his exemplary leadership and commitment to the autism community. Senator Rubio related his effort while serving in the Florida legislature in 2008 to gain passage of autism insurance reform legislation. In Washington, Senator Rubio this year co-sponsored the Combating Autism Reauthorization Act of 2011, which was signed into law by President Obama on September 30.


August 15, 2008

(Tallahassee, FL) August 15, 2008 --  Florida Governor Charlie Crist announced the appointment of Elizabeth Emken, Autism Speaks Vice President of Government Relations, to the Developmental Disabilities Compact Workgroup.  This workgroup was established by Senate Bill 2654, signed into law in May. 

May 02, 2008

1. What does the Florida Autism Legislation (Senate Bill Number 2654) do?
There are three major components of the Florida Autism Legislation, each with an important function:

(1) Medicaid Waiver: Authorizes the Agency for Health Care Administration to seek federal approval for Medicaid coverage of applied behavior analysis and other therapies for children with autism and other developmental disabilities.

April 09, 2008

(Tallahassee, FL - April 9, 2008)  Last night, Florida House Speaker Marco Rubio's Select Committee on Autism And Developmental Disorders held its first meeting.  Several state officials and academics testified about the state of the autism community in Florida.

April 04, 2008

(Tallahassee, FL - April 4, 2008)  Today Florida House Speaker Marco Rubio announced the creation of a special committee, the House Select Committee on Autism and Developmental Disorders.  The Committee is tasked with considering ways to best utilize public and private resources to assist families in Florida with children coping with autism spectrum disorders or other developmental disabilities.