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Nebraska lowers age for start of transition services

Governor Ricketts has signed into law a bill that lowers the age at which transition to adulthood planning must begin for students with developmental
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Record number of U.S. House Members call for increase in autism research funding

Co-led by the Chairs of the Congressional Autism Caucus, the letter to leaders of the House Appropriations Committee on the need for increased
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New law will improve access to an evidence-based autism therapy in North Carolina

On May 17, North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper signed into law a bill that will help people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in the state more easily
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Help us improve the autistic voting experience

Voting is one of our nation’s most fundamental rights and a hallmark of our democracy. We’re interested in learning more about the voting experiences
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Congress includes relief for the autism community in the American Rescue Plan

The fifth COVID-19 relief package, the American Rescue Plan, has been signed into law, securing additional relief for individuals with autism and
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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,
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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
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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
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Autism & Disparities: Addressing the Needs of Underserved Communities

This congressional briefing marked one of the many necessary conversations about how autism is experienced by different populations.
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EMPOWER Care Act introduced to Congress

EMPOWER Care Act introduced to extend and improve the Money Follows the Person (MFP) program through 2023.
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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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