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August 04, 2014



(August 4, 2014) - Autism Speaks Vice President of State Government Affairs Lorri Unumb was interviewed on WBTV of North Carolina about the status of the autism insurance reform bill in the state senate. The bill would make Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) available to thousands of families in the state. 

April 17, 2014

Nebraska's KNEB radio host Bill Boyer interviewed Vicki Depenbusch, Autism Speaks' Light It Up Blue and Nebraska advocacy chair. She spoke about early detection, the Light It Up Blue campaign, tool kits and how close Nebraska is to passing autism insurance reform. The topic is close to home for host Bill Boyer, he has an 8-year son on the spectrum. Listen to the full interview in the clips below.

November 21, 2013

The case of missing New York City teenager Avonte Oquendo has spurred a national conversation about wandering in the autism community. NPR host Celeste Headlee interviewed the National Autism Association’s Lori McIlwain about her experience with her own son on the spectrum. McIlwain's child has wandered more than once but was luckily found safe. He now wears a tracking device partially funded by law enforcement which emits a radio frequency so police can track him.