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  1. Teen with Autism Turns Love of Gardening, Nutri...

    May 19, 2016- "Teen with Autism Turns Love of Gardening, Nutrition into Growing Business"- Through the help of his parents, 13-year-old Adam Jandreau is the owner of a burgeoning businesses, Adam’s Lunch Box and Greenhouse. Adam, who has autism, was a picky eater, prompting his mother, Lisa, to pack him exorbitant lunches in the fear that if she packed a limited choice of foods, Adam would forego lunch altogether. Soon, Adam’s excessive lunches became famous among his peers and even school staff. About 4 years ago, Adam became interested in his own nutrition and the family decided to build a greenhouse to offer him the opportunity to plant and grow his own vegetables. Today, he sells his excess crops, including onions, spinach, lettuce, bok choy, tomatoes, cucumbers, and green peppers. To learn how to properly build and maintain a greenhouse, Adam watched online instructional videos on YouTube. Not only is Adam’s business growing, but he has grown an appreciation for healthy foods and proper nutrition.

    • May 19 2016 10:36 AM
    • by brian
  2. Student Ben York's 'Autistic's Guid...

    December 3, 2015- "Student Ben York's 'Autistic's Guide to Autism'"- In his column for the Bowdoin College newspaper, Ben York explains that it took him 19 years of living with autism to understand that the “preferences and quirks” of his personality were no indications of a deficiency. He discusses how there is nothing wrong with the brains of millions people born with autism, but that they are just difference. Through his writing, York not only educates people about autism, but also connects with those on the spectrum, speaking and relating to them as a man with experience on the spectrum.

    • Dec 08 2015 01:46 PM
    • by brian
  3. Lack of Services for Adult Son with Autism Prom...

    June 15, 2015- "Lack of Services for Adult Son with Autism Prompts Carmel Family's Move Out of Maine"- Michael Levasseur is 19-years-old and has autism. He has a part-time job, but requires supervision. Sadly, Michael is unable to receive the services he needs in Maine, which is suffering from chronic funding problems, prompting his family to move out of the state. According to the Maine Coalition for Housing and Quality Services, as of April, there were 1,099 people waiting for Section 21 services and another 146 waiting for Section 29 services. Of those, 141 people were on both waitlists and 531 individuals on the Section 21 waitlist are receiving services under Section 29. Since Michael is classified as a Level 3 under Section 21, the highest functioning of the three classification levels, he is last in line for services. Michael and his family are moving to Virginia and other families who cannot access services are beginning to follow suit.

    • Jun 16 2015 09:51 AM
    • by brian
  4. Benefits Expanded for Children with Autism

    January 2, 2014- "Benefits Expanded for Children with Autism"- With a new year, Maine’s autism insurance legislation has expanded to provide coverage for children from the age of 5 to the age of 10. Supporters of the legislation say the law was needed because a number of children with autism older than 5 were not getting proper treatment, or were forced onto MaineCare.  

    • Jan 05 2015 02:29 PM
    • by brian
  5. Mainers with Disabilities to Gain Medicaid Serv...

    November 25, 2014- "Mainers with Disabilities to Gain Medicaid Services in Lawsuit Settlement"- A settlement of a class-action lawsuit against the state means hundreds of Maine adults with autism and intellectual disabilities will receive housing and other support through MaineCare, the state’s Medicaid. The state’s share of the cost of providing services to the people affected by the settlement is expected to be $7 million. However, for now there have been no discussions to how the state will raise or shift funds to cover expenses.

    • Nov 26 2014 02:23 PM
    • by brian
  6. Local Lacrosse Teams Give Kids with Disabilitie...

    May 10, 2014- "Local Lacrosse Teams Give Kids with Disabilities their Fair Shot"-  Ted Prosack is the captain and a senior goalie for Scarborough High School’s four-time defending state Class A champion lacrosse team. Prosack has autism and assistant coach Zach Barrett makes the observation in this article that there is a large push integrate children with autism into the classroom but not so much on the playing field. This is a tragedy since it is generally a lack of opportunity that prevents this integration as oppose to a lack of willingness and ability.

    • May 12 2014 02:59 PM
    • by brian
  7. Maine Lawmakers Say 'Yes' to Kids With...

    May 1, 2014- "Maine Lawmakers Say 'Yes' to Kids With Autism"- Maine Governor Paul LePage’s veto against expanding insurance coverage for ABA therapy was emphatically overturned by the Maine legislature by a vote of 30-5. LD 347 will be enacted at the beginning of the new year as Maine will become the 10th state to expand their autism insurance reform laws.

    • May 01 2014 02:48 PM
    • by brian
  8. LePage Uses to Veto Pen to Deny Insurance Prote...

    April 28, 2014- "LePage Uses to Veto Pen to Deny Insurance Protection to Children with Autism"- In an unprecedented move, Maine Governor Paul LePage has vetoed bill LD 347, which would have raised the cut off age for ABA coverage from 5 to age 10 for children with ASD. The governor is the first to veto an autism insurance expansion bill. However, this is not a new circumstance for LePage who has vetoed over 163 bills, which is the most by a Maine Governor.  

    • Apr 29 2014 10:45 AM
    • by brian
  9. Ending Maine's Waitlists for Disabled Resid...

    April 25, 2014- "Ending Maine's Waitlists for Disabled Residents with More Funding is a Small Part of the Solution"- This article argues that simply providing more funding for Medicaid is not going to solve the problem for hundreds of adults with disabilities who can’t gain access to services they need. The article argues that Maine’s system spends their funds on supports and services that directly benefits those who really are in need. This article goes on to discuss the changes that already in the works to help improve the system and therefore the lives of adult individuals with disabilities in Maine.

    • Apr 28 2014 01:19 PM
    • by brian
  10. No Help in Sight for "Lost Group" on Wa...

    January 30, 2014- "No Help in Sight for "Lost Group" on Wait List for MaineCare Services"- Terri Earley and her two children on the autism spectrum are the catalyst for this article which reveals the struggles of families with children aging out of services. One of her children has been on the waiver list for two federal waiver programs since 2012. Jim Martin, Director of the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Aging and Disability Services admits that there have been people on a specific waiting list for years, but it would cost approximately 90 million to ensure that everyone currently on that list receives the services they require. If MaineCare expansion were approved by lawmakers, it would provide health insurance to at least 70,000 uninsured Mainers under the ACA, but would do nothing for families like the Earleys. Some Republican lawmakers have said they would be much more open to the idea of expanding MaineCare if the wait list was taken care of first.

    • Jan 31 2014 02:59 PM
    • by brian
  11. Maine Examines Expanding Autism Treatment Coverage

    January 19, 2014- "Maine Examines Expanding Autism Treatment Coverage"- More children would receive private insurance for autism treatment under a new bill being considered by Maine legislators. Currently, insurance laws mandate that companies provide coverage for treatment of ASD only for children ages 5 and under. Unfortunately, any bill that carries a cost will face an uphill battle this session as lawmakers grapple with a $119 million shortfall in the $6.3 billion two-year budget and other financial issues.  

    • Jan 20 2014 10:48 AM
    • by brian
  12. Maine Researchers Given $1.2 Million for A...

    October 11, 2013- "Maine Researchers Given $1.2 Million for Autism Study"- Maine researchers are receiving a two-year $1.2 million grant provided by the Simons Foundation and the NLM Family Foundation to study children who are severely affected by autism. The study will track approximately 500 to 1,000 children who will have their blood drawn, undergo intelligence tests, and have their behaviors studied.

    • Oct 14 2013 09:06 AM
    • by brian
  13. iPads are Making a Difference for Autistic Youn...

    September 12, 2013- "iPads are Making a Difference for Autistic Youngsters"- The teachers instructing at the Room for Individualized Supported Education, or the RISE program, at Waban's Fraser-Ford Child Development Center in Maine have reported great success using iPads. Three iPads were donated to the school by Grahamtastic Connection due to a Walmart Foundation grant. The students use the iPad for circle time, PECs, and as a motivator to keep the children engaged.

    • Sep 15 2013 01:04 PM
    • by brian
  14. School for Autism Among 4 Operations Coming to...

    March 5, 2013- "School for Autism Among 4 Operations Coming to Former Brunswick Navy Base; Call Center Also Possible"- A school for children with autism and a "green, waste-to energy" plant are among four organizations and businesses that will take over buildings at Brunswick Landing in Maine. The school of Seeds of Independence will create 40 to 60 jobs at the former Brunswick Naval Base. The 36,000-square-foot school will include students from day-care age through high school.

    • Apr 17 2013 11:08 AM
    • by brian
  15. Bill Expands Autism Coverage with Specialized Care

    February 15, 2013- "Bill Expands Autism Coverage with Specialized Care"- Passage of 2010 legislation required private health insurance companies to provide coverage for autism spectrum disorders in children through age 5 in the state of Maine. There is currently a bill moving through Maine legislation that would push the coverage requirement age to 21, which was the original age cap for coverage before the 2010 legislation was amended.

    • Apr 11 2013 11:31 AM
    • by brian