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Autism Speaks Endorses Bill to Ban the Sale of Water Beads Marketed as Toys

Autism Speaks has joined family advocates and groups like the American Academy of Pediatrics in calling for a ban of the sale of water beads marketed
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Autism Speaks Chief Science Officer speaks at congressional hearing on the Autism CARES Act of 2024

On February 14, Autism Speaks Chief Science Officer Andy Shih testified before Congress on the transformative impact of programs authorized under the
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Autism Speaks CEO testifies before Congress on pathways for employment of individuals with autism and other disabilities

Keith Wargo shared data and personal narratives, illustrating the transformative power of inclusive employment practices, during the House Small
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El senador Grassley visita al fabricante Lee Container

El senador estadounidense Chuck Grassley se unió a Autism Speaks y al presidente de Lee Container, Robert Varnedoe, para discutir las oportunidades de
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Advocating for those with severe, intense and challenging behaviors

As we discuss the progress and the future of services for autistic individuals with severe challenges, we also reimagine the landscape of autism
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Autism Speaks strongly supports new rule to reduce barriers to health care services for many autistic people

The new MHPAEA proposed rule would be an important step towards removing barriers to coverage of mental health services for autistic individuals.
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Takeaways from the October 2023 IACC Meeting

The October 2023 IACC meeting recognized National Disability Employment Awareness Month and discussed upcoming IACC publications, federal agency
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Maria Montenegro, Caregiver Skills Training Master Trainer

Maria shares how the University of Texas' caregiver skills training program is benefiting Spanish-speaking families in the Rio Grande Valley.
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Video: Ana C Ramirez, Caregiver Skills Training Master Trainer

Ana speaks to the impact of that the University of Texas' caregiver skills training program has on Spanish-speaking families in the Rio Grande Valley.
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Senator Grassley tours manufacturer Lee Container, highlighting innovative solutions for workforce development & inclusion of autistic employees

U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley joined Autism Speaks and Lee Container President Robert Varnedoe to discuss employment opportunities for autistic people.
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HEADs UP Act is introduced in the US House of Representatives

New legislation introduced in Congress could help achieve better health outcomes for people with intellectual and developmental disability (I/DD),
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Autism Speaks Applauds Reintroduction of Autism Family Caregivers Act

The Autism Family Caregivers Act was reintroduced in Congress to provide access to skills training for caregivers of young children with autism or
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ADDM Network adds new sites, offering opportunities for new insights on autism

We are proud to celebrate a historic expansion of the Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring (ADDM) Network, from 11 to 16 sites across the
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2022 Advocacy Highlights

Today, we celebrate the policy milestones and accomplishments that your support helped us achieve in 2022.
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Milestone wins for the autism community in federal bill

The hard work of advocates across the country and congressional champions for the autism community came to fruition with the passage of a federal
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The Importance of Generally Accepted Standards of Care

The Wit decision represents the most successful effort to date to hold health insurers accountable for unequal coverage of mental health disorders.