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Senate passes bill to protect against wandering

Thursday, August 25, 2016The U.S. Senate unanimously voted July 14 in favor of a measure to fund tracking devices for people with Autism Spectrum Disorders who are prone to wandering. Kevin and Avonte’s Law, sponsored by Sens. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y) and Chuck…

Avonte’s Law moves forward

Friday, April 29, 2016The Senate Judiciary Committee voted 15-5 on April 14 to move a bill to the full Senate floor that would create a permanent federal funding source for tracking devices for people with autism spectrum disorders at risk of wandering. “…

ABA therapy to become a mandatory benefit for federal employees in 2017

Wednesday, March 9, 2016The U.S. Office of Personnel Management will now require that all insurance companies participating in the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program cover Applied Behavior Analysis therapy, which can otherwise costs families tens of thousands of dollars. “For the 2017 plan…

Focusing on the realities of aging with autism

Monday, January 25, 2016In recent years, more attention than ever has been focused on people on the autism spectrum. There has been a rise in the number of young people diagnosed, which is a result of a variety of factors, including an increase…

Legislators urge universal autism screening

Wednesday, October 21, 2015U.S. Reps. Chris Smith (R-NJ) and Mike Doyle (D-PA), co-chairs of the Congressional Autism Caucus, wrote a letter to the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force on October 1, calling on the agency to reverse its recommendation on screening for autism…

Avonte’s Law reintroduced

Monday, January 26, 2015Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) has reintroduced a bill that would create a permanent federal funding stream for voluntary tracking devices for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders, to reduce safety risks associated with wandering. The bill, known as Avonte’s Law, is…

Senators announce agreement on the ABLE Act

Sunday, September 28, 2014The Senate appears set to vote on a bill to create tax-free savings accounts for disability-related expenses when it returns in November after the midterm elections. Under the Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act, individuals and families will be…