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Voluntary registry will advance research and public advocacy by gathering information on individuals with autism statewide
September 16, 2013

The Rhode Island Consortium for Autism Research and Treatment (RI-CART) is creating the first statewide registry of children and adults with autism. The voluntary registry will support autism research and public advocacy by providing a rich source of anonymous information about families affected by autism, their health and quality of life, and their access to services.

August 22, 2013

A Rhode Island-based consortium has won a $1.2 million grant to establish a first-of-its-kind registry of people with autism.

With the grant from the Simons Foundation, the Rhode Island Consortium for Autism Research and Treatment (RI-CART) will register 1,000 Rhode Islanders over three years. The confidential registry will eventually attempt to enroll every Rhode Islander who suffers from the neurological disorder, in the hope of gathering an unparalleled resource for autism researchers: a rigorously diagnosed and diverse selection of prospective study subjects.

April 28, 2011

PROVIDENCE (April 28, 2011) -- Rep. Peter G. Palumbo (D-Dist. 16, Cranston) and Sen. Edward J. O’Neill (I-Dist. 17, Lincoln, North Providence, Pawtucket) were honored today by the Rhode Island Autism Coalition for their continuing legislative efforts for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder, their families and their communities. Read more...

August 11, 2011

PROVIDENCE (August 11, 2011) --  Governor Lincoln Chafee conducted a ceremonial signing of Senate Bill 107, the legislation which made Rhode Island the 27th state to enact an autism insurance reform law. Judith Ursitti, Autism Speaks' regional director for state advocacy, worked with advocates in the state to build support for the bill in the Legislature and was on hand for the signing ceremony.

June 28, 2012

PROVIDENCE (June 28, 2012) -- Gov. Lincoln Chafee has signed a pair of bills enabling Rhode Island families to access insurance coverage for Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) as intended under the autism insurance reform bill he signed last year, and adds pharmacy, psychology and psychiatric care as eligible benefits.

July 06, 2011

NEW YORK, NY (July 6, 2011) – Autism Speaks joined Rhode Island families today in applauding Governor Lincoln Chafee for signing into law Senate Bill 107, making Rhode Island the sixth and final New England state to enact autism insurance reform legislation. This new law requires insurance companies to provide coverage of autism therapies, such as applied behavior analysis (ABA), up to the age of 15.

June 22, 2011

NEW YORK, NY (June 22, 2011) – Autism Speaks joins Rhode Island families in applauding the members of the House for their 71-2 vote yesterday in support of House Bill 5275, which requires insurance companies to provide coverage of evidence-based autism therapies, such as applied behavior analysis (ABA.)