From March, 2009

NIH to Spend $60 Million in Stimulus Funds on Autism Research

By Emily P. Walker, Washington Correspondent, MedPage Today WASHINGTON, March 25 — The National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced it will devote $60 million of its $10 billion in economic stimulus money to fund research on autism. It’s the largest chunk of research dollars ever devoted to the disorder and will be split into four grants to support broad research into autism spectrum disorder, according to NIH. Topics of research might include developing and testing screening tools for various populations; assessing risk from prenatal or early life exposures; and treatments for older children, teens, and adults with autism. Grant recipients…

Autism Insurance Reform Bill Passed in New Mexico

New Mexico Becomes the 9th Stateto Pass Autism Insurance Reform NEW YORK, NY (March 20, 2009) — State legislators passed Senate Bill 39, which requires insurance companies to provide coverage of evidence-based, medically necessary autism therapies. The bill passed the House today (Monday, May 20, 2009) in a vote of 51-15, following unanimous passage in the State Senate, and now heads to Governor Bill Richardson’s desk for signature into law. The New Mexico bill requires insurers to cover up to $36,000 a year for treatments and therapies, including Applied Behavior Analysis therapy for children until age nineteen, or age twenty-two…

Urge your Representative to Support 2010 Autism Appropriations

As the fiscal year 2010 budget works its way through Congress, it is vital that appropriations are included for autism spectrum disorders. Please take a minute this afternoon to ask your member of the U.S. House of Representatives to sign on to the Coalition for Autism Research and Education (CARE) appropriations requests for $211 million for autism in the Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education budget and $15 million for autism in the Department of Defense budget. We are asking that the Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Subcommittee provide full funding for the 3rd year of the…

APRIL IS AUTISM AWARENESS MONTH

World Autism Awareness Day is April 2nd!Here are some easy ways to promote autism in your community: Ask your city’s Mayor to sign a Proclamation declaring April 2nd as World Autism Awareness Day and April as Autism Awareness Month. Click here. Encourage a school to sponsor an event, highlight books about autism or hold a reading session. Try these activities. Then donate the books about autism that you’ve finished to your local library. Here is a list of books. Use World Autism Awareness Day to start a Student Club at your school. Click here for more tips. Are you a…

ACT Today! Golf Tournament Benefits Underprivileged Children with Autism

YOU’RE INVITED! Autism Care and Treatment’s3RD ANNUALGOLF TOURNAMENT FUNDRAISERMonday, May 18, 2009Braemar Golf Course – Tarzana, CA DOWNLOAD REGISTRATION FORM The 18-hole tournament, on May 18th, begins at 9:30am with breakfast, followed by a Putting Contest (10:30am) and Shotgun Start (11:00am). Sponsorships for teams of four ($800) are available for the May 18th tournament. Golfers are also welcome to register as individual participants ($250). FOURSOMES REGISTER TODAY! INDIVIDUALS REGISTER TODAY! A wide range of both team and skill-related prizes will be awarded, along with and 50/50 raffle and other prizes and gifts during the evening’s dinner gala. ACT Today! wishes…

Autism Patients in California Dealt Insurance Setback

The Department of Managed Health Care declines to require carriers to pay for applied behavior analysis, an expensive therapy that insurers contend is an educational service, not medicine. By Lisa Girion, LA Times California regulators said Monday that insurers must provide speech, occupational and physical therapies to their autistic members but rejected pleas to require insurers to cover the cost of behavior therapy that aims to help patients live in society. At issue is so-called applied behavior analysis, a therapy that teaches patients skills such as self-feeding and stopping injurious behaviors such as head banging. The therapy can cost as…

Help Get the ABLE Accounts Act Passed

Dear Autism Advocate, The ABLE Accounts Act of 2009 – or Achieving a Better Life Experience Act – has been introduced in Congress. S.493 and H.R. 1205 will encourage individuals with autism and other disabilities and their families to save, tax-free, for disability-related expenses. Similar in many respects to existing 529 college savings plans, these accounts will be exempt from federal taxation, provided certain rules are met. Robert Casey (D-PA), Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), and Christopher Dodd (D-CT) introduced S. 493, with Senators Richard Burr (R-NC), Edward Kennedy (D-MA), and Sam Brownback (R-KS) signing on as the bill’s original co-sponsors. Senator…