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Why I advocate for Direct Support Professionals… guest blog post was written kit peterson grandmother young man the autism spectrum she advocate for fair pay for the direct support professionals who have become family people like her grandson despite how difficult was accept our familys reality all jumped support karla jonathan received every service available occupational speech and physical therapies special education and … hundreds others who are impacted begins right albany but can reach far beyond new york state must raise our voices behalf group who often cannot speak for themselves they are our grandchildren they need direct support professionals who can afford …
Virginia passes legislation to expand autism insurance mandate… coverage for the diagnosis and treatment autism spectrum disorder for children ages two six under stateregulated large group plans 2015 passed legislation that raised the age cap ten years old this year the state legislature has passed … care for individuals with autism all ages under stateregulated large group plans starting january 2020 appreciate the support our legislative champions and the growth bipartisan support over our ten years autism insurance work virginia and are grateful for the collaboration and determination the …
Meet Malachi… his early life and now preparing graduate high school this spring and take the next phase his life with the help rocksolid support team therapists and teachers and his mom nonnie helping navigate his autism journey malachi thriving when her son … reach his full potential even meant battling discrimination and racism first malachi did not have access the services and support needed the biggest hurdle the early years was insurance paying for occupational physical and speech therapies … the next hurdle was getting through the public school district them son was just another child color who would end group home eventually left that school district soon possible and ended different area the city and the resources that were …
Grassroots Advocacy Network… staff achieve our advocacy goals members the network play key role educating other community members policy issues and ways support positive change this group volunteers works effectively communicate with elected officials raise awareness for autism policy issues social media …
Utah autism insurance mandate expanded! … 2014 requiring coverage for the diagnosis and treatment autism spectrum disorder under stateregulated individual and large group plans however this coverage was limited children ages 210 years old coverage for behavioral health treatments … including applied behavior analysis aba was also limited 600 hours per year approximately 115 hours per week thanks the support the utah state legislature and governor these restrictions coverage for autism have been removed effective january 1 … cover the diagnosis and treatment autism claims for autism coverage caused premiums increase excess 1 are grateful for the support the legislative champions and local advocates that helped achieve this milestone access meaningful and medically …
Autism Speaks executive Val Paradiz appointed to federal autism committee… princeton the department health and human services announced today that valerie paradiz phd vice president services and supports autism speaks has been appointed one 20 new well two returning public members the interagency autism coordinating committee iacc advisory group federal autism activities along with federal members the committee from key agencies and departments serving the … the iacc plays critical role deciding where our federal priorities should lie funding autism services and research support autistic people all ages said paradiz look forward working with other members the committee ensure that the …
Autism Speaks statement in response to reports of surge in COVID-19 cases among people with disabilities… has taken swift action respond the immediate needs people with autism and their families through advocacy services and supports resources and direct assistance are deeply concerned reports increased incidence covid19 among people with disabilities particularly group homes reported the new york times and other news outlets response news the rapid spread covid19 among communities … infection but reduce the risk injury neglect abuse and death for residents overburdened facilities congress must more support the disability community the next covid19 relief bill crucial that the bill include additional funds for home …
Idaho becomes the 47th state to require autism insurance coverage!… together families with children who have autism health advocates and state officials celebrate increased acceptance and support for individuals with autism the ceremony began with governor brad littles proclamation signing recognition the month … coverage for individuals with autism the bulletin issued the idaho department insurance requires all individual small group and large group insurance plans cover evidencebased treatment for autism including applied behavior analysis idaho became the 47th …
Navigating Adult Services… tool kit was prepared autism speaks board member val paradiz phd adults with autism are often eligible for services support them various aspects their lives services vary from state state but most involve team component comprised the … information provided services below not exhaustive any means provides some basic information help you and the person you support begin navigate programs and options applying for supplemental security income ssi ssi federal social security cash … wherever the adult with autism lives hisher own private home the home the individuals parents other family members other group and residential home settings addition services covered medical assistance the following additional supports might …
Volunteer Advocacy Ambassador Program… they work directly with autism speaks staff both local and washington offices implement initiatives this diverse group advocates includes over 400 volunteers from 49 states and the district columbia people with autism family members … recruit other volunteers participate autism advocacy ambassadors often delegate facilitate advocacy work others interested supporting autism speaks priorities encouraging and recruiting others participate local advocacy activities helps promote … are applying adultchild pair please indicate and explain this your application responses ambassadors receive direct staff support the ambassador program managed our advocacy staff our advocacy team supplies ambassadors with compelling and …
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