Autism Speaks is enhancing lives today and accelerating a spectrum of solutions for tomorrow. The Autism Speaks state advocacy team works in states across the country to achieve this mission focusing on the following priorities:
Increase global understanding and acceptance of autism by
Working to ensure that state legislators and regulators have a thorough understanding of autism spectrum disorder to ensure policymaking that benefits those across all parts of the spectrum.
Increase access to appropriate intervention, services, and resources immediately following diagnosis by
Working to ensure coverage is available for autism treatments in private health insurance and Medicaid plans.
Improve outcomes for transition age youth across the spectrum by
Addressing inefficiencies in the transition process;
Focusing on state implementation of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA);
Ensuring staff across settings have appropriate training, particularly related to challenging behaviors, safety, sensory needs, and augmentative and alternative communication (AAC);
Working to ensure that state implementation of Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) results in meaningful services for people with autism;
Monitoring existing healthcare programs and improving healthcare coverage;
Advocating for students with autism across the spectrum, regardless of academnic ambition in non-degree or degree-seeking programs.
Learn more about our state initiatives: