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  1. Autistic Student Wins Prestigious Gates Scholar...

    May 9, 2015- "Autistic Student Wins Prestigious Gates Scholarship"- In April, Kupa’a Thomas opened his mailbox to find a number of thick envelopes. Before he even opened them, he knew that this was confirmation that he was one of a thousand students selected to receive the prestigious Gates Millennium Scholarship, which will essentially pay for his next 10 years of higher education or through the completion of a Ph.D. program. Kupa’a was diagnosed with autism at an early age and now, as a soon-to-be 18-year-old high school graduate, displays remarkable aptitude with regards to mathematics and science, but tends to struggle with social skills. Kupa’a plans to major in chemistry at the University of Boulder in Colorado next fall.

    • Dec 15 2015 03:47 PM
    • by brian
  2. Hawaii Passes Autism Insurance Reform

    May 6, 2015- "Hawaii Passes Autism Insurance Reform"- Recently, the Hawaii legislative body passed autism insurance reform and now the bill simply awaits the signature of Gov. David Ige before becoming law. Once signed, Hawaii will join 41 other states providing coverage for autism spectrum disorders. The legislation requires health plans to cover ABA therapy with a maximum benefit of $25,000 per year through 13 years of age.  

    • May 11 2015 09:51 AM
    • by brian
  3. Supporters of Bill Requiring Autism Coverage Sa...

    April 17, 2015- "Supporters of Bill Requiring Autism Coverage Say This is the Year"- This will be the fourth straight session in which the Legislature in Hawaii has considered requiring autism insurance coverage. So far, the bill has survived early rounds of the legislation process and is scheduled for a hearing next week. Lawmakers and advocates are confident that the bill will pass this session because major private insurance companies in Hawaii have backed off their opposition for coverage, unlike in previous years. The 2014 legislative process yielded a mandatory cost analysis for potential autism treatments. The result of that analysis found that insurance premiums would likely increase by $17 to $31 a year.  

    • Apr 20 2015 02:00 PM
    • by brian
  4. Autism Health Coverage Gains Traction

    February 8, 2015- "Autism Health Coverage Gains Traction"- Hawaii is one of twelve states that currently fails to require coverage for autism treatments, but advocates and legislators are working to change that. A new bill would require the coverage for autism diagnosis and treatment until age 11 and a total maximum benefit of about $220,000. Previous attempts to pass this legislation have failed, but a new auditor’s report estimates the total cost to the Hawaii medical insurance industry at approximately $20 million, which is a revised estimate from $1 billion.

    • Feb 10 2015 10:25 AM
    • by brian
  5. Teen with Autism Hopes to Break 3:00 at Sunday...

    December 10, 2014- "Teen with Autism Hopes to Break 3:00 at Sunday's Honolulu Marathon"- Joshua Manning, a 17-year-old on the autism spectrum, will be one of 30,000 individuals tackling Sunday’s arduous Honolulu Marathon. Manning started training for triathlons two years ago, and, despite early success, he found that his real passion is running. Joshua’s dad, Paul Manning, also details how autism has never really been a limiter for him and how running has help opened up the world for Joshua.  

    • Dec 12 2014 10:38 AM
    • by brian
  6. Class-action suit accuses state of denying trea...

    September 6, 2014- "Class-action suit accuses state of denying treatments for autism"- The Hawaii Disability Rights Center and a single mother of a child with severe autism, filed a class-action lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Honolulu, accusing the state Department of Human Services of ignoring federal Medicaid Rules requiring the state to pay for ABA (Applied Behavior Analysis) treatments.

    • Sep 08 2014 09:47 AM
    • by National Autism Network
  7. High-tech Help is Coming for Hawaii's Autis...

    May 6, 2014- "High-tech Help is Coming for Hawaii's Autism Students"- New technology in Hawaii schools will connect experts and teachers so they can help students with autism connect with the world. Teachers are being trained in a learning center and leave with new knowledge and iPads on swivels for the classroom. The devices will monitor interaction between students and allow teachers to be connected via Bluetooth. Experts will be listening and watching live from different locations to offer the teachers advice. Parents will also be able to take the iPads home and also get help from experts.  

    • May 08 2014 02:51 PM
    • by brian
  8. Court Strikes Down Special Education Age Limit

    August 30, 2013- "Court Strikes Down Special Education Age Limit"- According to a U.S. appeals court, Hawaii’s cutoff age of 20 for free public education violates federal law and must be moved up to age 22 for special education students. This week’s ruling concluded state-funded high school diploma programs for adults are a form of public education. The fallacy of the law lies in the fact that adult individuals without disabilities are afforded the opportunity to pursue diplomas that eluded them in high school, but individuals with special education needs were not given the same opportunity.  

    • Aug 30 2013 08:49 AM
    • by brian
  9. Autism Bill Dubbed 'Luke's Law' Adv...

    February 15, 2013- "Autism Bill Dubbed 'Luke's Law' Advances in House"- The Hawaii House Committee on Consumer Protection and Commerce has unanimously approved HB 721, which would require health insurers, mutual benefit societies, and health maintenance organizations to provide health care coverage and benefits for autism spectrum disorders. The hearing for the bill featured testimony from an 8-year-old boy with autism named Luke, which has led legislators to dub the bill “Luke’s Law”.

    • Apr 12 2013 11:19 AM
    • by brian
  10. Autism Bill Advances in House

    February 15, 2013- "Autism Bill Advances in House"- The Hawaii House Committee on Consumer Protection and Commerce unanimously adopted HB 721, which requires that state-regulated health plans cover the diagnosis and treatment of autism. The bill is being referred to as “Luke’s Law” after the bill was heard last week in a hearing that featured testimony for an 8-year-old boy with autism named Luke.  

    • Feb 27 2013 01:49 PM
    • by brian
  11. The Autism Whisperer of Hawaii

    October 17, 2012- "The Autism Whisperer of Hawaii"- Helene Mann is thought to share a special connection with nonverbal individuals on the autism spectrum that she attributes to the relationship between her and her daughter who was born with mixed-type, quadriplegic cerebral palsy. Mann, a former standup comedian, earned her master’s degree in special education and now works to help children with autism by using their interests as a catalyst for her teachings.

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    • May 15 2013 01:11 PM
    • by brian