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Sign that reads "VOTING DAY" with "I VOTED" stickers
Advocacy News
11.5.2018

#AutismVotes: Vote on Tuesday, November 6th

The 2018 midterm election will be held on Tuesday, November 6th. While 2018 is not a presidential election year, there are many federal, state,
Screening
Advocacy News
11.1.2018

New CPT codes approved for ABA

The new CPT codes provide recognition from the American Medical Association (AMA) that ABA is an empirically supported medical intervention. Proper
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Advocacy News
11.1.2018

New CPT Codes for ABA Billing

Resources and information provided by the CPT Steering Committee will help ABA providers prepare for the implementation of new CPT codes in 2019.
mother holding her toddler aged daughter with autism
Advocacy News
10.29.2018

HHS seeks nominees for National Family Caregiving Advisory Council

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is currently asking for nominees to the National Family Caregiving Advisory Council.
Advocacy News
10.2.2018

FY19 Federal Budget Strengthens Support for Autism

Funding increases in last week's FY19 appropriations "minibus" focus on autism-specific programs and keep us on a path toward new autism discoveries
state line between Tennessee and Virginia
Advocacy News
9.5.2018

Advancing medical care through the ACE Kids Act

The Advancing Care of Exceptional Kids Act of 2017 (ACE Kids Act) will bring us closer to ensuring these vulnerable children receive the care they
Group of Advocacy Ambassadors posing for photo with Hill Day poster
Advocacy News
8.1.2018

Advocacy Ambassador Program celebrates one-year anniversary!

On August 1, 2017, we officially launched our Autism Speaks Volunteer Advocacy Ambassador Program.  
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Advocacy News
7.31.2018

Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act is reauthorized

The Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act was reauthorized on July 31, 2018. This law increases access to employment opportunities for
President George H.W. Bush signing the American with Disabilities Act
Advocacy News
7.24.2018

Celebrate the 28th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act!

ADA is a landmark civil rights law. It prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities in employment, education, housing,
Map of Unites States with states labelled in blue and green according to if an ABLE bill is signed and an ABLE program is open.
Advocacy News
7.24.2018

An Update on ABLE Accounts

The Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act was signed into law on December 19, 2014. The ABLE Act amended the federal tax code to allow
Group of advocates standing below the North Dakota State Seal
Advocacy News
7.11.2018

North Dakota becomes 48th state to require autism insurance coverage

This morning, North Dakota became the 48th state to require autism insurance coverage. North Dakota Insurance Commissioner Jon Godfread announced that
Advocacy News
7.5.2018

Bill passed to delay implementation of Electronic Visit Verification

Autism Speaks supported legislation recently passed by the U.S. House of Representatives that would delay the implementation of Electronic Visit
Advocacy News
6.21.2018

19th Anniversary of the Supreme Court's Olmstead Decision

In the 1999 case, Olmstead v. L.C., the Court held that unjustified segregation of persons with disabilities constitutes discrimination in violation
Advocacy News
5.8.2018

Georgia autism insurance mandate expanded to age twenty

Governor Deal has signed Senate Bill 118, which amends Ava's Law by increasing the limits on the coverage of applied behavior analysis to individuals
Panelist from congressional briefing standing in line by podium
Advocacy News
5.1.2018

Congressional Briefing on Law Enforcement Interactions with the Autism Community

On Thursday, April 26th, Autism Speaks hosted a briefing in coordination with the Congressional Coalition on Autism Research and Education to
Congressman Chris Smith, Autism Speaks President and CEO Angela Geiger and advocates standing in front of an Autism Speaks banner.
Advocacy News
5.1.2018

Autism advocates gather in D.C. for 2018 Congressional Hill Day

Each year, Autism Speaks hosts a Hill Day and Congressional Briefing to increase understanding and acceptance of autism and raise awareness of autism