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  1. Iowa Bill Aimed at Providing Insurance Coverage...

    February 14, 2016- "Iowa Bill Aimed at Providing Insurance Coverage for Autism Treatments to All Iowans"- Legislation passed in 2010 provided Iowa state employees insurance coverage for autism treatments. A new bill proposed in the Iowa House and Senate hopes to expand this legislation by providing coverage for more than 1 million families affected by autism in Iowa. The proposed bill would require all insurance companies to cover the diagnosis and treatment plan for those with autism under the age of 22.

    • Feb 17 2016 02:08 PM
    • by brian
  2. School Mascot Role Transforms Student with Autism

    October 6, 2015- "School Mascot Role Transforms Student with Autism"- To say becoming the Nevada Cub, the mascot at Nevada High School in Iowa, has changed Caleb Popejoy’s life is not an overstatement. Caleb has autism, was anti-social, and always had a tough time being around crowds. That was until he had the idea to put on the bear costume that is the NHS mascot. Although his parents worried that he would be nervous in front of the crowd, putting on the costume seemed to transform Caleb, allowing him to no longer see social experiences as nerve-racking, regardless of whether he is pumping on the crowd as the Nevada Cub or simply being himself.

    • Oct 07 2015 12:30 PM
    • by brian
  3. How a Cross-Country-Loving Teen and His Service...

    September 11, 2015- "How a Cross-Country-Loving Teen and His Service Dog Made History"- Recently, 17-year-old Tyler Gerdts, a junior at West High School in Davenport, made Iowa history as the first high school athlete to compete alongside his service dog, Hugo. Tyler and his four-legged companion logged a personal best during the 5k race. More importantly, the article goes on to discuss the bond between Tyler and his service dog Hugo that has opened up a new world to Tyler.

    • Sep 14 2015 02:17 PM
    • by brian
  4. Iowa Puts $5 Million into Autism Program

    July 20, 2014- "Iowa Puts $5 Million into Autism Program"-  The Iowa legislature allocated $5 million for Applied Behavior Analysis treatment in 2013 and now families are able to take advantage of the donation. Legislatures recognized that children who continue to exhibit signs of autism will grow into adults who require around the clock services and supervision. By allowing Iowa families to take advantage of ABA treatments now, the state hopes to help children “get on track” and avoid costly services down the road.

    • Jul 22 2014 05:10 PM
    • by brian
  5. Seven Years after Autism Diagnosis, Teen Gradua...

    June 1, 2014- "Seven Years after Autism Diagnosis, Teen Graduating as a Valedictorian"- Matthew Luebbe came to Davenport North High School from a small, private school and will graduate as one of their 2014 valedictorians.  Matthew, who was diagnosed with Asperger’s at age 12, is only one of two individuals in the class of 2014 to attain a 4.0 GPA throughout his entire high school career. The article details some of the steps that led to this honor and his future plans at Iowa State.

    • Jun 02 2014 08:29 AM
    • by brian
  6. Integrated Health Homes Aid Iowa Kids with Diso...

    May 10, 2014- "Integrated Health Homes Aid Iowa Kids with Disorders"- Launched in July by the Iowa Department of Human Services and Magellan Health Services, “integrated health homes” are designed to help families manage the health care needs of 16,000 Iowa children age 3 to 17 who are covered by Medicaid and have been diagnosed with a mental, behavioral, or emotional disorder that impairs daily functioning. The homes were implemented after legislation directed the Department of Human Services to lead a redesign of the state’s mental health services system. Of the children who received services in the last 12 months, 46 percent had better school attendance and 40 percent improved their school performance.

    • May 13 2014 08:39 AM
    • by brian
  7. Inclusive Cheerleading Squad Unites Peers in Wa...

    November 30, 2013- "Inclusive Cheerleading Squad Unites Peers in Waukee"- Joe Franz was hesitant to send his daughter Brianna, who has autism, to high school for fear of her being made fun of and becoming a social outcast. Fortunately, Brianna has more friends than ever before thanks to the new inclusive cheerleading team that welcomes students with disabilities. Parents applaud the inclusive model as it allows children on the spectrum to interact with typically developing peers, get exercise, and have fun while leaving a positive impact.

    • Dec 02 2013 11:55 AM
    • by brian
  8. Autism Center Now a Reality in North Iowa

    July 10, 2013- "Autism Center Now a Reality in North Iowa"- Ever since they received their sons’ diagnoses, the Maulsby's have been working to open an autism center for children in North Iowa. Today, the center is in its early stages and was recently given a grant from United Way to help get it off the ground. The center has partnered with Opportunity Village in hopes of providing parent to parent support groups, educational seminars, and evidence based therapies.

    • Jul 12 2013 11:23 AM
    • by brian
  9. Rock Rapids, Iowa Boy Uses Charm to Sway Lawmak...

    June 20, 2013- "Rock Rapids, Iowa Boy Uses Charm to Sway Lawmakers and Help Others with Autism"- Sam Wessels is an 11-year-old boy with autism who has spoken with a number of politicians, including the President, about helping individuals with autism. The young go-getter has recently been awarded with his own CNN iReport, which was awarded to only 6 people out of 10,000 video entries.

    • Jun 24 2013 10:20 AM
    • by brian
  10. Reader's Watchdog: Autism Provider Hits Sna...

    June 11, 2013- "Reader's Watchdog: Autism Provider Hits Snag with Wellmark's New System"- Delays by Wellmark Blue Cross/Blue Shield are causing Toni Fuller Merfeld, owner of Metro West Learning Center, to pay out of pocket for a new mental health counselor and a new physical therapist was unable to see children. Fuller is unable to submit customers’ coverage claims to the insurance company until the therapists are approved by Wellmark, a process which has already taken 120+ days.

    *Original article no longer available on source

    • Aug 22 2013 01:06 PM
    • by brian
  11. Artistic Outlets Sought for Youths with Autism

    May 28, 2013- "Artistic Outlets Sought for Youths with Autism"- Inspired by her son with epilepsy and autism, Debra Satterfield has started work with a team of faculty and students to design educational, social inclusion, and play experiences for children with cognitive disabilities. Her son, John, was exposed to painting as a young teenager and has benefited from the experience greatly having won a prize the Iowa State Fair.

    • Aug 22 2013 01:39 PM
    • by brian
  12. Community Support Overwhelms Organizers of Auti...

    May 7, 2013- "Community Support Overwhelms Organizers of Autism Walk"- What began as a simple order of T-shirts about autism for Nikki Ahart snowballed into a network of community support and climaxed with the first autism walk in Dow City, Iowa. She bought a few T-shirts with the words “Team Nikolas” printed on the back, but after contacting families and friends she had sold more than 50 shirts. Community support led to the implementation of the walk with more than $1,500 raised for the Autism Society and Autism Action.

    *Original article no longer available on source

    • Aug 22 2013 01:39 PM
    • by brian
  13. Autism Society Plans 5K Run/Walk

    March 6, 2013- "Autism Society Plans 5K Run/Walk"- The Autism Society of Iowa will host an Autism Awareness 5K run/walk April 20 at Pleasant Valley High School. Activities include the run, a bike ride, and crossfit demonstration.  

    • Mar 18 2013 08:49 AM
    • by brian
  14. The United States of Autism: Film Debut Feature...

    February 11, 2013- "The United States of Autism: Film Debut Features Iowa Family"- Richard Everts is the director of the soon to be premiered documentary The United States of Autism. Everts and his crew traveled 10,000 miles in 40 days to make the film. This article focuses on Sam Wessels, a child with autism and one of the stars of the film. The documentary is set to premiere on April 5th in New York City.

    • Apr 10 2013 10:44 AM
    • by brian
  15. Alternative Autism Therapies Prove Successful i...

    January 25, 2013- "Alternative Autism Therapies Prove Successful in Local Programs"- New evidence from a recent research study has demonstrated that some individuals can “outgrow” autism disorder. The article also speaks on the efficacy of alternative therapies, particularly therapeutic horseback riding.

    • Apr 08 2013 11:21 AM
    • by brian
  16. MRHD Gifts Awarded to Food Bank, Autism Center

    January 7, 2013- "MRHD Gifts Awarded to Food Bank, Autism Center"- The Food Bank of Siouxland and Pier Center for Autism were each presented $50,000 during MRHD's annual dinner at the Sioux City Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center/Betty Strong Encounter Center. The Pier Center for Autism, which uses the word "Pier" as a double meaning for bridge, offers a range of services to individuals diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders.

    • Apr 03 2013 11:13 AM
    • by brian