Government Relations

On the Road to Autism Insurance Reform: Reflections on Memorial Day

Lorri Unumb, vice president of state government affairs for Autism Speaks, travels the country advocating for families and individuals facing the challenges of autism. This is her ongoing series "On The Road For Autism Reform."... More...

The ADA: A Matter Of Safety

Julie Mills is an attorney who practices and resides in Columbus, Ohio.

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The Affordable Care Act: An Opportunity for Early Access to Care

A guest blog from Katie Keith, the director of research at Trimpa Group and a former research professor at Georgetown University’s Center on Health Insurance Reforms, who advises Autism Speaks on federal health care policy.... More...

ABA And Licensing: Why It Matters For Your Insurance

The implementation of autism insurance laws has been frustrated at times by demands that practitioners of applied behavior analysis (ABA) gain a state license before their services can qualify for reimbursement -- even in states that... More...

Take 5 To Advocate

The following blog is by Shelley Hendrix, Autism Speaks' director of grassroots development.

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When The Money Runs Out

Jennifer Sheridan, or "Mom to Charlie," is our grassroots advocacy chair for Tennessee and helping to lead the fight in the Legislature for insurance coverage for medically necessary autism treatments. She explains why she is wo... More...

Tate Reeves and Videt Carmichael, Can You Be My Heroes?

Jasper Hood is the son of Quess Hood, a special education teacher from Ripley, Mississippi, who has led the charge for better autism insurance coverage in his state legislature. In this blog, he urges Mississippi Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves and ... More...

The Artistic Capabilities of People With Disabilities

Artwork by a talented group of young artists with disabilities from Washington, DC will go on display starting Thursday and running through March 20 at The Corcoran Community Gallery. Entitled "The Art of Movement," the show was... More...

My Personal Fight for Ava’s Law

This guest post is from Paul Silver, a 25-year-old self-advocate with Asperger Syndrome. Paul discusses Ava's Law, an autism insurance reform bill now before the Georgia Legislature. You can take action to help pass Ava's Law... More...

Paying Premiums For No Coverage

Jon Owen, the president of the Utah Autism Coalition, was asked whether he wanted his son Ben at age three to receive an autism diagnosis. You won't have insurance coverage here, ... More...

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