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A Step in the Wrong Direction: The USPSTF's Recommendation Against Universal Autism Screening

Posted by National Autism Network , in Legislation and Healthcare, Autism Treatments 01 March 2016 · 912 views
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A Step in the Wrong Direction: The USPSTF's Recommendation Against Universal Autism Screening Around 6 months ago, a draft of a U.S. task force’s recommendation sent a major ripple through the autism community as it announced it would withhold support for universal routine autism screening. Despite negative comments from researchers, scientists, and public health advocates, the task force remained consistent in their findings, announcing the affir...


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Waves of Legislative Change for the Autism Community

Posted by National Autism Network , in Autism Awareness, Legislation and Healthcare 17 April 2015 · 1,367 views
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Waves of Legislative Change for the Autism Community Nothing worth fighting for is ever easy, but it’s hard to keep your spirits high when wave after wave of attack doesn’t seem to even put a chink in your opponent’s armor. That is the likely how many autism advocates have felt throughout the years fighting for autism-related legislation at the state and federal level. Fortunately, those who have spent year...


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The Vaccine Debate: Should the Government Require Vaccinations?

Posted by National Autism Network , in Autism Awareness, Legislation and Healthcare 02 March 2015 · 1,484 views
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The Vaccine Debate: Should the Government Require Vaccinations? Since the initial word of an outbreak in Disneyland spread late last year, there have been 123 confirmed cases of the measles in the state of California alone and the outbreak may not yet be over.1  So far this year, the number tops of 150 individuals infected across 17 states, with most of the individuals contracting the potentially deadly disease being...


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The ABLE Act- What It Is and Why It Is Important

Posted by National Autism Network , in Legislation and Healthcare 02 February 2015 · 1,051 views
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The ABLE Act- What It Is and Why It Is Important The   Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act  was passed in December of 2014, allowing for individuals with disabilities to open tax-free savings accounts without fear of losing government benefits. Below is a breakdown of the legislation as it is currently written. However, the Treasury Department has yet to adopt regulations for this new legislat...


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The Sad State of Affairs for Autism Insurance Coverage

Posted by National Autism Network , in Legislation and Healthcare 06 October 2014 · 1,250 views
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The Sad State of Affairs for Autism Insurance Coverage A diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder can affect a family in many different ways, but one of the greatest challenges that accompanies a diagnosis is the financial burden for the family. The greatest impact on a family’s finances comes with finding and paying for autism treatments, which can cost tens of thousands of dollars per year. Despite the dramati...


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Autism CARES Act of 2014- What Does it All Mean?

Posted by National Autism Network , in Legislation and Healthcare 29 August 2014 · 2,598 views
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Autism CARES Act of 2014- What Does it All Mean? By now you have probably read about President Obama signing the 2014 Autism CARES Act into law, but what does this legislation mean for the autism community? The law, technically known as the   Autism Collaboration, Accountability, Research, Education and Support Act of 2014 (S.2449)   , is actually a continuation of the Combating Autism Act of 2006 and i...


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Seclusion & Restraint in Schools: Know What Can Be Done

Posted by National Autism Network , in Legislation and Healthcare, Autism Awareness 08 November 2013 · 3,926 views
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Seclusion & Restraint in Schools: Know What Can Be Done When educating children with special needs, meltdowns are inevitable. How educators deal with these meltdowns has been the subject of much debate. Seclusion and restraint practices are still enforced across the nation today in public and private schools alike.  Students with behavioral problems who act out can be legally forced into seclusion or held in r...


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How 'ObamaCare' Impacts the Autism Community

Posted by National Autism Network , in Legislation and Healthcare, Autism Treatments 25 October 2013 · 19,486 views
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How 'ObamaCare' Impacts the Autism Community In March of 2010, President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act, sometimes referred to as “Obamacare,” which mandates that all eligible U.S. citizens purchase their own health insurance or face a penalty. The program is the largest overhaul to this country’s healthcare system since Medicare and Medicaid in 1965, and is currently in the midst of its first...


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TRICARE Makes Major Changes to Autism Insurance Coverage for Military Families

Posted by National Autism Network , in Legislation and Healthcare, Autism Treatments 20 June 2013 · 3,062 views
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TRICARE Makes Major Changes to Autism Insurance Coverage for Military Families The recent decision by U.S. District Court Judge Reggie Walton to partially reverse his 2012 ruling directing TRICARE, the Department of Defense (DoD) healthcare program, to cover ABA for all military families has prompted us to investigate the current state of affairs of TRICARE and military families who require autism...


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DSM- IV vs. DSM- 5: What has Changed?

Posted by National Autism Network , in Legislation and Healthcare, Autism Treatments, Autism Awareness 28 May 2013 · 39,132 views
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DSM- IV vs. DSM- 5: What has Changed? On May 22, the DSM-5, the latest version of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, was released by the American Psychiatric Association (APA) . The latest edition of the United States’ mental health “bible” has had the medical world abuzz in the time since the APA announced that they would be making dramatic changes to the classificati...