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June 2014


Student With Autism Gains Legal Win To Use Service Dog

U.S. Justice Department settles with NJ school district that banned service dog from classes, school activities June 26, 2014 (June 26, 2014) — A New Jersey school district that barred a student with autism from bringing his service dog to classes and after-school activities has agreed to reverse its policy under a settlement reached with the U.S. Department of Justice (DoJ). The school’s ban was

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Your Dollars@Work: Online Course for Caregivers of Adults with Autism!

Funded through an Autism Speaks grant to Autistic Global Initiative, 12-week online course trains family members and service providers. In 2011, Autism Speaks provided a grant to the Autistic Global Initiative of the Autism Research Institute, a committee of adults diagnosed with autism, to create a curriculum and online course to train caregivers on ways to best support young adults and adults with autism. This Your Dollars

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Autism and the Gluten/Casein-Free Diet: When Can We Stop?

In today’s “Food for Thought” blog, a parent of a child with autism asks when to discontinue a gluten/casein-free diet  “My son has been on the gluten-free casein-free diet for two years. How do I know when to take him off?”    Today’s “Food for Thought?” response is from developmental pediatrician Daniel Coury, medical director of Autism Speaks Autism Treatment Network (AS-ATN). Dr. Coury is

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Sen. Schumer Introduces ‘Avonte’s Law’ To Address Wandering

Bill would fund tracking devices, police training June 17, 2014 WASHINGTON, DC (June 17, 2014) — Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) has introduced “Avonte’s Law,” a bill that would provide $ 10 million a year in federal funding over five years to local law enforcement agencies to acquire tracking devices to protect children with disabilities who wander and to train police on how to interact

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5 Things Every Autism Dad Should Know

On this Father’s Day there are five things that I want to share with my fellow autism dads. This guest blog post is by Mathew Oakes. Matt blogs with his wife Courtney about parenting on the autism spectrum at 808 [The Adventures]. Follow him one Twitter @mattoakes. I spent a lot of time this week thinking about being a dad. I’ve only been one for a

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Medi-Cal Funding For ABA Fails, But New Option Emerges

DHCS directed to add behavioral health treatment to state’s Medicaid program, consult with stakeholders June 13, 2014 SACRAMENTO (June 13, 2014) — A $ 50 million appropriation sought for Medi-Cal to provide behavioral health treatment for autism failed to make the final cut in California’s state budget negotiations. But the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) will be directed to incorporate the treatment in Medi-Cal,

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National Special Olympics To Kick Off

Thousands of athletes with disabilities from across the country are converging on New Jersey for Special Olympics’ largest national games ever. More than 3,500 athletes with intellectual disabilities are set to compete in 16 different sports. The event will begin Sunday with an opening ceremony at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J. featuring a parade of athletes and the lighting of the Special Olympics

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