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Local Schools Told to Step Up Services for Military Kids

August 28, 2013

WASHINGTON, DC (August 28, 2013) -- In response to longstanding concerns raised by military families subject to frequent relocation, local school districts have been directed to provide special education and related services for transferring military students that are "comparable" with what they received at their previous school. An estimated 23,500 children in military families have autism.

Autism Speaks Issues FAQs on TRICARE Changes

July 06, 2013

WASHINGTON, DC (July 5, 2013) -- Autism Speaks has developed a Frequently Asked Questions guide for military families to better understand the changes in coverage for applied behavior analysis (ABA) announced in late June by TRICARE. The changes affect all ABA policies.

To download the FAQs, go here

Better ABA Care for Military Families Moves in House

June 14, 2013

WASHINGTON, DC (June 14, 2013) -- The U.S. House of Representatives has approved an amendment to the new defense bill that would require the Pentagon to cover ABA care for all military families raising children with developmental disabilities, including autism, at medically prescribed levels.

The bipartisan amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) was sponsored by Reps. John Larson (D-CT) and Tom Rooney (R-FL) and approved by voice vote. Although the full NDAA still requires House approval, passage of the ABA amendment was the critical step.