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September 2015


New federal guidance to promote inclusion in preschool

Last week, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the U.S. Department of Education issued joint federal guidance on inclusion of children with disabilities in early childhood programs. September 28, 2015 Last week, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the U.S. Department of Education issued joint federal guidance on inclusion of children with disabilities in early childhood

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California ABLE legislation headed to Governor Brown

The California State Legislature has unanimously passed legislation that establishes an Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) program for disability-related expenses in the state. The legislation now heads to Governor Jerry Brown for his signature. September 14, 2015 Sacramento, CA — The California State Legislature has unanimously passed legislation that establishes an Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) program for disability-related expenses in the

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US Dept. of Ed takes steps for more inclusive achievement measurements

The U.S. Department of education recently announced rule changes aimed at monitoring and prioritizing the progress of students with disabilities, including those with autism. August 31, 2015 Washington, DC− The U.S. Department of education recently announced rule changes aimed at monitoring and prioritizing the progress of students with disabilities, including those with autism. “The recent rule changes from the Department of Education are a

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On the Road to Autism Insurance Reform: Are we there yet?

This summer, my family and I did a lot of road-driving.  We drove on one of the most beautiful roads I’ve even been on – the Kancamagus Highway in New Hampshire. We drove on a road that seemed interminable – I-95-North, from South Carolina to Massachusetts. (This drive permits a large quantity of “Are we there yets?”)  We drove a ridiculous number of toll

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My son with autism: 20 things I wish other travelers understood

“People with autism have special needs, especially when it comes to traveling. As the mother of a now adult child with autism, I have experienced both well-meaning and ill-intended comments from fellow travelers; mostly because people don’t understand this specific special need condition. Here are 20 things that I wish people knew…” This is a post by Margalit Sturm Francus, Autism TravelingMom.  In 2009, Margalit

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