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Virginia passes legislation to expand autism insurance mandate

The Virginia legislature has passed legislation to expand the state's autism insurance mandate to include transition-age youth and adults diagnosed
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Autism Speaks commends congressional action to reauthorize Autism CARES Act

Legislation receives bipartisan support to fund autism research, monitoring and services benefiting individuals and families affected by autism
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#WhyAutismCARES Campaign

Congress is considering the reauthorization of the Autism CARES Act. Snap a photo to show why you care about Autism CARES!
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Why we care about Autism CARES

On February 7, Congress introduced S.427/H.R.1058 to reauthorize the Autism CARES Act which is the foundation of federal efforts on autism research,
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Autism Sharing Initiative is named a 2019 GA4GH Driver Project

Partnership between Autism Speaks and AIMS-2 Trials brings together one of the largest collections of genomic and clinical autism data to accelerate
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Medicaid coverage for Texas children with autism

The Texas state legislative session has begun, along with our advocacy efforts to ensure autism coverage for Texas children on Medicaid!
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Money Follows the Person Program is extended!

The Medicaid Extenders Act of 2019 was signed into law, extending the Money Follows the Person Program for 3 months.
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Autism Speaks elects three business leaders to its national board

NEW YORK (January 18, 2019) – Autism Speaks, which is dedicated to promoting solutions across the spectrum and throughout the life span for people
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New York Governor announces coverage of medically necessary treatments for children with autism

Autism Speaks applauds New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s inclusion of coverage for medically necessary treatments for children with autism spectrum
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Autism study finds high rates of unmet healthcare needs; suggests public policy solutions

An Autism Speaks analysis of national survey identifies barriers to care and provides guidance for new programs to address needs across the lifespan
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Autism Speaks names top ten autism studies of 2018

Autism Speaks science staff and advisors highlight the 2018 studies that most powerfully advanced our understanding, treatment and support of people
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2018 Advocacy Highlights

With the support of autism advocates, Autism Speaks' Advocacy Team pursued policy solutions for individuals across the spectrum and throughout the
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Autism Speaks hosts first scientific conference on cannabis and autism

Researchers, regulators and community stakeholders convene to guide future studies on cannabis-related products for autism and its associated medical
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Autism Speaks funds promising new treatment and diagnostic studies

Research to advance personalized wandering interventions; target a cause of early communication challenges; and deliver practical autism-screening for
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Autism Speaks Norma and Malcolm Baker Recreation Program Grant Recipients

Autism Speaks funds programs that provide people with autism with social and educational experiences. Through the inaugural Norma and Malcolm Baker
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Autism Research Series – ‘Discovery to Solutions’

In 2018, Autism Speaks invited the public to free local presentations of its Autism Research Series: Discovery to Solutions. Watch an archived live
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