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August 2014


Google Glass App Reads Emotions, May Benefit Some with Autism

The app allows users to identify a person(s)’s level of emotion, gender and age. August 28, 2014 (August 28, 2014) – Germany’s Fraunhofer Institute is working on bringing facial recognition to Google Glass. Researchers are working on creating an app for the wearable electronic device that allows users to identify a person(s)’s level of emotion. It also estimates gender and age. The software is

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Parents Seek Help: Child with Severe Autism Eats Only Sweets

Tips for expanding a sweet-centric diet while satisfying sensory needs, from a specialist in the Autism Speaks Autism Treatment Network “Our child, severely affected by autism, refuses to eat anything but sweets. How can I direct her diet in healthier directions?”  Today’s “Food for Thought” answer is by occupational therapist Desiree Gapultos, of the Autism Speaks Autism Treatment Center at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.

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Oregon To Order Sweeping ABA Coverage

Successful litigation against insurers leads to state order August 14, 2014 SALEM, OR (August 14, 2014) — Acting in response to a string of successful lawsuits against the insurance industry, an Oregon state agency announced today that it would prepare a directive requiring all private health insurers to cover applied behavior analysis (ABA) for autism. “Recent court decisions have brought clarity that coverage for

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Federal Judge Removes Key Roadblock To ABA Insurance Coverage

In Oregon class action suit, judge rejects ‘developmental disability exclusion’ widely used to deny claims August 13, 2014 PORTLAND, OR (August 13, 2014) — A “developmental disability exclusion” widely used by insurers to deny claims for applied behavior analysis (ABA) therapy for autism has been rejected in Oregon by a federal judge as a violation of federal and state mental health parity law. Ruling in

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President Obama Signs Bipartisan Autism CARES Act Into Law

Bill reauthorizes $ 1.3 billion in federal funding for autism Autism CARES Act dedicates $ 1.3 billion in federal funding for autism over the next five years. August 11, 2014 WASHINGTON, DC (August 8, 2014) – President Obama signed the Autism CARES Act today, which dedicates $ 1.3 billion in federal funding for autism over the next five years. Autism CARES—introduced by Sens. Menendez

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NYC Mayor De Blasio Signs Avonte’s Law

New York City Mayor signs law named for Queen’s teen Avonte Oquendo; requires city to look at adding alarms to school doors August 07, 2014 (August 7, 2014) – New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio today signed “Avonte’s Law,” which requires the city’s Department of Education and police to evaluate which school doors should be alarmed to help prevent wandering incidents by students.

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Four Tips for Autism Families Managing Down Time Before School Starts

Autism Speaks staff member J-Jaye Hurley shares strategies she uses in her house to help her family stay happy during summer down time! This is a post by J-Jaye Hurley, proud mother to Jackson (age 9) and Reese (age 2).  Jackson was diagnosed at age 2 with severe ASD, in addition to numerous other medical conditions over the years.  For the past 3+ years,

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Schumer Urges Congress To Move Quickly On Tax-Free Savings Plans

Autism Speaks, other disabilities organizations line up for ABLE August 05, 2014 NEW YORK (August 5, 2014) — Surrounded by supporters from Autism Speaks and other national disabilities organizations, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) today urged Congress to move quickly on the ABLE Act which would allow tax-free savings accounts for Americans with disabilities. “Caring for some of our most vulnerable disabled children, and managing

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