As the ball dropped and 2014 was officially rung in, my first thought was, “More Americans with Autism will have access to important, life- changing therapies than ever before!” My second thought, after a heavy sigh, was, “It’s not enough.” There is so much more work to be done. Autism as a community of individuals, both those who are on the spectrum and those who love those on the spectrum, has struggled to find a clear voice. Ironic? Perhaps. But the time to come together is now; the time to be clear, concise, and direct is NOW!
Despite the collective efforts of the autism community, Governor Brown’s trailer bill has passed, which means that a new law will take effect on July 1, 2013, limiting regional center funding of co-pays and co-insurance and eliminating regional center funding of deductibles.
Join advocates from around the state as they meet with elected officials to advocate for the over 15 proposed bills for the 2012-2013 legislative session impacting the autism, special needs and disability communities. Bill topics include: extension of SB 946 (autism mandate), diversity and equality of services through regional centers, consumer safety, increased accessibility to services, and more.
Autism parents, experts and activists, encourage everyone to sign the petition asking Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to clarify the essential health benefits to include ABA for Autism! This small clarification can open a world of possibilities for children with Autism. Learn how you can make your own infinity ribbon to tell the world that with ABA, the possibilities are infinite!
Opportunities like Thea’s give behavior analysts a chance to increase the understanding of ABA to those outside the field. If we continue to interact and collaborate with as well as learn from and educate professionals in the educational and medical fields we have a very exciting future. The benefit for practitioners is huge, but the benefit to our clients and students is incalculable.
It’s no secret that the rate of children with autism has been steadily growing over the last two decades. Just a few years ago it was 1 in 110, now it’s 1 in 88 children are on the autism spectrum (with 1 in 54 males having autism).
Dear Friends, I need your help today with an urgent matter. As you may know, a few years ago, the State of Arizona passed a Bill that approved Insurance coverage for the behavioral treatment of Autism. This bill was one of the first passed and it has already changed the lives of numerous families and children. Today, the Arizona House of Reps repealed the Bill. Of course this came as a great shock to our families and we are very concerned that it will also produce a precedent for other States who have or are in the process of passing similar insurance bills.
Bill Gates wants to make polio the first disease to be eliminated worldwide. This is quite admirable, and is not the first (or the last) time the Gates Foundation has committed to a worthy cause—especially since they allocate over $1.5 billion per year towards national and global causes aimed at helping the weak and disadvantaged.