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Six people holding sheets of paper reading different responses to the statement "Why I Care about Autism CARES"
Advocacy News
2.8.2019

#WhyAutismCARES Campaign

Congress is considering the reauthorization of the Autism CARES Act. Snap a photo to show why you care about Autism CARES!
Woman and young child with autism in wheelchair in front of White House
Advocacy News
2.8.2019

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,
Texas state capitol with cowboy statue in front of building
Advocacy News
2.1.2019

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!
A young man stands in front of his new home, surrounded by his family, friends, and carers.
Advocacy News
1.27.2019

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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Advocacy News
1.15.2019

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
"2018" in blue writing
Advocacy News
12.31.2018

2018 Advocacy Highlights

With the support of autism advocates, Autism Speaks' Advocacy Team pursued policy solutions for individuals across the spectrum and throughout the
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,
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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
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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