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January 13, 2016

Trenton, NJ−Governor Chris Christie has signed ABLE legislation that will allow families the opportunity to set up tax-free 529A savings accounts for disability-related expenses. The bill received unanimous support in votes in both chambers.

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January 08, 2016

Albany, NY−Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed ABLE legislation that will allow families the opportunity to set up tax-free 529A savings accounts for disability-related expenses. The New York State Assembly and Senate passed the legislation in June.

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January 05, 2016

In a recent report by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), pediatricians are urged to advocate for children with disabilities and educate themselves about special education services. The report highlights the important role doctors have in ensuring students with disabilities receive the services they need in all settings, including schools.

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January 05, 2016

Since our inception in 2005 Autism Speaks has called for a national strategy on autism. We continue to call on every candidate and elected official to come up with a plan to address the needs of people living with autism across the lifespan.

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January 04, 2016

All students deserve educational opportunities that best prepare them for the next step in life after secondary school, whether it is higher education or a career.

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December 17, 2015

Last year, eleven-year-old autism self-advocate from Florida, Jack Garchik was introduced to Congressman Patrick E. Murphy (FL-18) at the Palm Beach Walk. The two were introduced by Autism Speaks co-founder Suzanne Wright. One year later, At the DC airport, Jack recognized Rep. Murphy.

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December 15, 2015

One year ago this month, advocates across the country celebrated a victory eight years in the making when President Obama signed the Stephen Beck, Jr., Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act of 2014. This landmark achievement, which was made possible by the hard work of our champions on Capitol Hill and dedicated grassroots networks...

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December 10, 2015

Through December 14th, participants in the Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) Program can make changes in their health insurance coverage for 2016. The Federal health benefits open season offers families affected by autism an opportunity to review their coverage.

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