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March 21, 2016

The Florida legislature recently passed SB 230 – Missing Persons with Special Needs, also known as Project Leo, which will create pilot projects in certain areas of the state to provide locating technology to aid search-and-rescue efforts for persons with special needs in cases of elopement.

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March 18, 2016

Last month, the Florida Senate and House Appropriations Committees passed budget proposals in the state that would benefit individuals with autism and the legislature has now sent the budget to Governor Rick Scott for his signature. Estimates suggest around 1,300 people would be moved off the waiting list under the passed budget.

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February 08, 2016

Florida has around 20,000 individuals waiting for home and community based services. This lack of capacity puts their independence and well-being at risk. Earlier this month, both the Senate and House Appropriations Committees passed budget proposals in the state of Florida that would benefit individuals with autism.

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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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June 09, 2015

Malcom Harris-Gowdie who has a dream of being one of the first individuals with autism to be a sportscaster got the opportunity to report from Special Olympics Florida Summer Games thanks to the help of ESPN’s production team.

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May 26, 2015

Governor Rick Scott has signed the Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act, SB 642, to allow families the opportunity to set up tax-exempt 529A savings accounts for disability-related expenses. The legislation earlier passed the Florida Senate by a vote of 38 to 0 and the Florida House by a vote of 117 to 0.

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April 25, 2015

The Florida House passed the Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act, SB 642, by a vote of 117 to 0. The legislation, which allows families the opportunity to set up tax-exempt 529A savings accounts for disability-related expenses, passed the Florida Senate earlier this month by a vote of 38-0.

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