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December 2014


To My Son’s Autism Therapists

“Here. I am handing over my heart and my soul, my absolute everything. I don’t even understand exactly what it is you do, but please make it your best. Please help my child.” Below is a heartfelt blog from Rebecca Masterson, a mom, entrepreneur and litigation attorney in Phoenix, Arizona. Her blog, “To My Son’s Autism Therapists” appeared in the Huffington Post. To read

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VIDEO: Young Man With Autism Flourishes Through Ballet

“Ballet is what saved my whole life,” Martin-Nelson told FOX. “If I didn’t have ballet, if I had never stepped in to that first ballet class, I probably would have never fully recovered.” December 19, 2014 The prognosis for Philip Martin-Nelson as a child was tough: diagnosed with severe autism, he was unable to communicate, hold eye contact or even stand to be touched.

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Advocates and Legislators Celebrate ABLE Passage

Act will allow parents to save money for long-term care of children with autism U.S. Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), Congressmen John Larson (D-Conn.), Elizabeth Esty (D-Conn.) and other advocates gathered this morning in Hartford, Connecticut to praise the passage of the ABLE Act. This legislation will allow parents to save money for long-term care of children with autism December 19, 2014

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’60 Minutes’ Spotlights Insurance Denials For Mental Health

California fights back through legal action, regulation December 16, 2014 California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones has commended CBS “60 Minutes” for highlighting the difficulties individuals experience in securing longterm mental health coverage and highlighted his agency’s efforts to improve benfits, particularly for the treatment of autism. The CBS segment, entitled “Denied,” [view below] aired December 14 and focused on claims processed by Anthem. CBS found that 90

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Why My Son’s First Christmas Concert Brought Me To Tears

“He didn’t know all the words but that was the best freaking Jingle Bells I had ever heard!” This guest post is by Tricia Rogers, a mom blogger at The Book of Timothy. You can read the original post here. I’m grateful every day. Yes, me. Your eyes don’t deceive you. I’m grateful for every day of my sometimes miserable, sometimes wonderful, always beautiful existence on

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My Son Was Scared of the Mall Santa, So My Husband Did This

David told me he had arranged a little surprise for Finley for that evening. This guest blog post is by Lindsay Williams. Lindsay and her husband David are the proud parents of two boys, Gavin and Finley. Lindsay also writes a blog called the Mombie Files.  When our youngest son, Finley, was diagnosed with autism in March, I knew my relationship with my husband

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VIDEO: Take a Look Inside an Autism-Friendly ER

A hospital in Hudson, New York, has opened an autism-friendly ER room, something that’s been much needed, according to the hospital’s emergency department director. December 22, 2014 Columbia Memorial Hospital in Hudson, New York, has opened an autism-friendly ER room, something that’s been much needed, according to the hospital’s emergency department director, Dr. Arun Nandi. “These are children who have been unable to communicate

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The Gift You Don’t Buy

The “bad” part of the holiday season is the notion that only on sanctioned holidays is it permissible to let people know how much they mean to each other. This guest blog post is by Lena Rivkin. Lena is an artist and graphologist living in Los Angeles. She also has a brother on the autism spectrum.  It’s the Holiday Season, in case you’ve been lucky

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Bakery Teaches Career Skills to Young Adults with Autism

ABC 7 Eyewitness News highlights an Illinois program that gives an authentic opportunity to individuals with Autism. December 19, 2014 An Illinois based organization is providing young adults with autism an invaluable opportunity to gain the tools to be successful in the workplace. The Have Dreams Academy is a non-profit organization in Evanston, Illinois, with their mission teaching individuals with autism vital job and

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