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#AutismVotes: Vote on Tuesday, November 3rd (or earlier, if you have the option!)

Make sure the autism community is heard in this year's election. Exercise your right to vote by registering to vote, planning when and how you will
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Celebrating the 30th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act

Sunday, July 26, 2020 marks the 30th anniversary of the landmark Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Now more than ever, delivering on the promise
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Autism Speaks urges adapted hospital policies to allow support providers for autistic and disabled people

For people with autism and significant communication or behavioral challenges, even a typical hospital stay can be an overwhelming experience. Today,
How to cope with disrupted family routines during COVID-19
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Statement on National Emergency Educational Waivers related to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act

Autism Speaks is grateful that the Department heeded the call from advocates and families across the country and refrained from recommending the
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Autism Speaks applauds leadership of Reps. Mike Doyle and Chris Smith to advance autism priorities in future COVID-19 legislation

On Wednesday, April 15, Reps. Smith and Doyle sent a letter to congressional leaders urging them to include additional supports for people with autism
How to cope with disrupted personal routines during COVID-19
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Recently Passed COVID-19 Congressional Legislation and Ongoing Advocacy Efforts 

Congress has passed several bills to address the COVID-19 pandemic. While the recently passed bills provide significant assistance, much more needs to
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HHS Office for Civil Rights affirms rights of persons with disabilities during COVID-19 emergency

OCR issued a bulletin affirming the right of persons with disabilities to receive needed medical care during the COVID-19 emergency
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Autism Speaks comment submitted encouraging the Department of Labor to provide paid sick leave for family caregivers impacted by COVID-19

The following regulatory comment was submitted by Autism Speaks on March 29, 2020. Autism Speaks strongly urges the Department to provide
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Priorities for the Autism Community During this Time of Crisis

To address the effects of COIVD-19 on individuals and families, we are advocating for policymakers to quickly provide assistance to individuals on the
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Autism Speaks Provides Urgent Feedback on Federal Coronavirus Bill (S.3548)

Educational accommodations and protections for individuals with disabilities, including many students on the autism spectrum, have been hard-fought
2019 Advocacy Highlights
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Autism Speaks 2019 Advocacy Highlights

With your support, we've pursued policy solutions for individuals across the spectrum and throughout the lifespan in 2019.
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FY20 Federal budget strengthens support for autism

On December 20, 2019, two appropriations "minibuses" were enacted, including wins for autism research and services.
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Connecticut lowers age at which transition services begin

Connecticut Governor Lamont signs bill to lower the age at which transition services begin from 16 to 14.
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Texas Medicaid adds coverage for autism

On June 15, Governor Greg Abbott signed a budget bill which included a requirement for Texas Medicaid to cover medically necessary care, including
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Advocates gather for 2019 Advocacy Forum

Advocates gather to learn about autism policy and share their stories on Capitol Hill!
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Wyoming becomes 49th state to require coverage of autism

On April 19, 2019, Wyoming became the 49th state to address autism insurance coverage in state-regulated plans.
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