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October 2014


Your Dollars @ Work: Reducing In-School Bullying with DoSomething.org

Autism Speaks is excited to partner with DoSomething.org to take a stand against bullying in schools and help increase autism acceptance, staring with musical chairs in the lunch room! Autism Speaks is proud to partner with DoSomething.org to take a stand against bullying! Bullying is far too common in the autism community and Autism Speaks is committed to combating this growing problem. Earlier this

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California Proposes Changes To Medicaid Waiver Program

Group homes, other facilities can no longer ‘isolate’ developmentally disabled from society October 27, 2014 October 27, 2014 — California has proposed changing its Medicaid waiver program for Home- and Community-Based Services in order to comply with a federal directive that prohibits services that “isolate” participants from the general community, and is inviting public reaction. The new rules will affect group homes, adult residential facilities, congregate living health facilities, and

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World’s Geneticists Welcome Upcoming Release of Whole Autism Genomes

Autism Speaks previews MSSNG – a genomics program to change the future of autism with open science – at world’s largest genetics meeting October 22, 2014 Autism Speaks previews MSSNG – a genomics program to change the future of autism with open science – at world’s largest genetics meeting At this week’s annual meeting of the American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG2014), Autism Speaks scientists

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iPad App for Nonverbal Kids Wins International Prize

A tech startup called SPEAK MODalities received top honors at the 2014 International GAIN-TEN Business Pitch Challenge this week. October 17, 2014   (October 17, 2014) — A tech startup called SPEAK MODalities received top honors at the 2014 International GAIN-TEN Business Pitch Challenge this week for commercializing an iPad app that helps children who are nonverbal communicate. SPEAK MODalities has produced two apps,

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‘Historic’ Settlement On Autism Benefits Reached In Washington State

Regence Blue Shield agrees to cover ABA, other treatments October 17, 2014 (October 17, 2014) — Regence Blue Shield, the largest Washington State health insurer, has agreed to settle a pair of class action lawsuits by covering medically necessary autism treatments, including applied behavior analysis (ABA), and establishing a $ 6 million fund to reimburse policyholders for out-of-pocket expenses incurred as a result of denied

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Your Dollars @ Work: A Chance to Ride

With funding from an Autism Speaks Community Grant, The Kennedy Center developed a travel training curriculum to introduce independent travel on public buses and trains to young adults with autism spectrum disorders. “This has dramatically increased my daughter’s independence as well as her self-esteem.” This Your Dollars @ Work post features The Kennedy Center Travel Training Program. With the help of an Autism Speaks

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Sensory Overload Film Wins Prestigious Design Award

“Listen,” combines video with animation to portray how a non-verbal child with autism and sensory sensitivities experiences the world. October 14, 2014 (October 14, 2014) – A film that began as a senior thesis by two Ringling College students has been featured in the New York Times and just won the grand prize in the 2014 Adobe Design Achievement Awards. Marisabel Fernandez and Alexander

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Pentagon Delays Proposed Rate Cuts For ABA

New program would have cut ABA provider rates in half October 09, 2014 WASHINGTON, DC (October 9, 2014) — The Department of Defense has announced it will delay a planned cut in what it pays providers through TRICARE to deliver applied behavior analysis (ABA) treatment to military kids with autism. The new demonstration program allows coverage of BCBA/BCBA-D direct services and the tiered-service delivery model,

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