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  1. Schools Warned on Shortened Schedule for Those...

    March 22, 2016- "Schools Warned on Shortened Schedule for Those with Disabilities"- State officials claim Oregon schools have occasionally, at time illegally, used disability-related misbehavior by students as a reason to send them home early from school.These actions not only violate federal education laws, but denying a student a full school day for a prolonged period of time can violate that student’s civil rights. A memo sent to all school districts at the beginning of this year made clear that a special education student’s day can only be shortened in “very limited circumstances.”  This article continues to go into detail about regulations for students with disabilities and cites some examples of students who were robbed of receiving a full education without proper justification.

    • Mar 24 2016 10:21 AM
    • by brian
  2. Basketball Manager with Autism Scores in Final...

    January 14, 2016- "Basketball Manager with Autism Scores in Final Home Game of Season"- Anthony Brown, a Portland East Middle School student with autism and the manager of the basetkball team, was recently awarded playing time for his dedication to the team. Dubbed the team's "biggest cheerleader," Anthony took advantage of his time on the court, scoring a basket which resulted in the crowd erupting in cheers.

    • Jan 18 2016 11:49 AM
    • by brian
  3. Mom of Girl With Autism Who was Kicked Off Plan...

    May 11, 2015- "Mom of Girl With Autism Who was Kicked Off Plane Speaks Out"- Yesterday, we brought you the troubling story of a family who was forced off a plane because their 15-year-old daughter, Juliette Beegle, suffered a meltdown and, after making an emergency landing, the pilot asked officers to remove the family from the plane before reaching its final Portland, Oregon destination. This article provides an update of the situation with reaction from Donna Beegle, Juliette’s mother, and an official statement from United Airlines. The Beegle’s travel regularly, with Juliette having been to 22 states and 5 countries, according to her mother, and have never had a problem with taking their child with autism on flights. According to Donna Beegle, “this was sheer ignorance about autism.”

    • May 13 2015 09:32 AM
    • by brian
  4. Tigard Family Kicked Off Flight: 'As a Mom...

    May 9, 2015- "Tigard Family Kicked Off Flight: 'As a Mom it Ripped My Heart Out'"- The Beegle family is outraged after a plane carrying their family was grounded after their 15-year-old daughter Juliet, who has autism, had a meltdown mid-flight. Amazingly, the decision to ground the plane was made after Juliet was comforted with some warm food. Her mother, Donna Beegle, felt humiliated as stated “as a mom it ripped my heart out.” The airline stands by their decision of grounding the plan believing it was the best course of action to ensure the safety of all the passengers on board. The family was rebooked on a different flight and eventually got to their Portland destination. Beegle filed a complaint with United Airlines and the FAA, and she plans on filing a lawsuit in the near future with the goal of mandating training for airline personnel with regards to ASD.

    • May 11 2015 03:36 PM
    • by brian
  5. Autism Advocates Score Big Victory as State Iss...

    November 14, 2014- "Autism Advocates Score Big Victory as State Issues Insurance Mandate"- The Oregon Insurance Division recently issued a mandate requiring commercial health insurers to cover ABA treatment services. Insurance companies can still make coverage decisions based on whether they determine a treatment is medically necessary. However, companies will not be able to deny coverage on the basis that ABA is experimental or otherwise undeserving of coverage.

    • Nov 17 2014 02:58 PM
    • by brian
  6. Young People with Autism more Sedentary, Study...

    September 29, 2014- "Young People with Autism more Sedentary, Study Finds"- A recent study found that children with autism tend to be less physically active than their neurotypical peers. On average, kids with autism spend 50 fewer minutes each day participating in moderate physical activity. Although young people with autism were less active, the researchers found that they were similarly capable in nearly all of the fitness tests. This is important because it means those underlying fitness abilities exist and that more research into why children with autism are more sedentary could lead to ways to reverse the trend.

    • Sep 29 2014 02:15 PM
    • by brian
  7. Oregon to Require Health Insurance Companies Co...

    August 14, 2014- "Oregon to Require Health Insurance Companies Cover Children's Autism Therapy"- On Thursday, the Oregon Insurance Division announced it will begin drafting a bulletin requiring Oregon health insurers to cover Applied Behavior Analysis therapy for children with autism. According to the insurance division, Regence, BlueCross BlueShield, and Healthnet have refused to cover ABA, as well as the Oregon’s Public Employee Benefit Board. In the past, insurance companies have denied coverage of ABA to families because they claim the therapy is “experimental/investigative.”

    • Aug 15 2014 10:05 AM
    • by brian
  8. Autism Advocates Win Court Case Against Provide...

    August 11, 2014- "Autism Advocates Win Court Case Against Providence Health"- According to a federal judge, Providence Health Plan cannot deny coverage of autism therapy under a provision excluding services related to developmental disabilities. The judge ruled in favor of a Portland-area couple with children with autism who filed suit after being denied coverage. By denying coverage, Providence violated state and federal laws that require mental health conditions to receive equal coverage to treatment for medical issues, a ruling which could open up behavioral therapy for hundreds of Oregon families.

    • Aug 12 2014 05:29 PM
    • by brian
  9. Motor Skill Deficiencies Linked to Autism Sever...

    April 23, 2014- "Motor Skill Deficiencies Linked to Autism Severity in New Research"- New findings from Oregon State University is the first to show a direct relationship between motor skills and autism severity.  The researchers studied the development and motor skills of 159 children ages 12 to 33 months, including 110 children with ASD. The motor skill deficiencies among the children with autism were not directly related to intellectual ability, but children with autism were nearly a year behind their peers in fine motor skills. This research lends credence to the idea that more emphasis should be placed on motor skill development for autism treatment plans.

    • Apr 28 2014 08:40 AM
    • by brian
  10. Updated Statistics -- Incidence of Autism in Or...

    March 18, 2014- "Updated Statistics -- Incidence of Autism in Oregon Schools (IDEA Data)"- The Oregon Department of Education recently reported the incidence of autism in public schools throughout the state. For the most recent year, 9,106 students received services for autism in public schools. That number is up 146 students from the previous year.

    • Mar 24 2014 09:50 AM
    • by brian
  11. Autism Coverage Doubtful for Older Kids on Oreg...

    November 11, 2013- "Autism Coverage Doubtful for Older Kids on Oregon Health Plan"- In Oregon, a state law passed this summer will require insurance companies to cover ABA therapy, but at the same time limits the coverage to children under the age of 12. The Health Evidence Review Commission and its panelists may not grant the therapy to the 44 percent of Oregon children covered by the state Medicaid plan. The Center for Evidence Based Medicine has not found any evidence that ABA is ineffective for older kids, but the data is too sparse to give it a seal of approval.

    • Nov 13 2013 09:52 AM
    • by brian
  12. Autism Treatment for Oregon Health Plan Faces H...

    September 16, 2013- "Autism Treatment for Oregon Health Plan Faces Hurdles, But Approval for Some Kids Likely"- Autism advocates were recently forced to present their case for ABA coverage to an Oregon evidence-based medicine review panel, whose recommendation can make or break the ability of individuals with autism in Oregon to receive therapy on the Oregon Health Plan. Their biggest hurdle is Dr. Alison Little, who has formerly testified nationally against the psychotherapy for children with autism, including a Florida case in March 2012. The Legislature unanimously passed SB 365 into law, requiring all private health insurance companies to cover ABA for kids up to 9 by 2016. However, the 44 percent of Oregon children on the Oregon Health Plan will only receive coverage if the evidence commission recommends the therapy for its prioritized list of health services.

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    • Feb 12 2014 12:32 PM
    • by brian
  13. Autism Bill Creates Demand for Oregon Tech Courses

    September 12, 2013- "Autism Bill Creates Demand for Oregon Tech Courses"- With the signing of SB 365 into law, Oregon becomes the 34th state to enact autism insurance reform by requiring coverage of ABA therapy. To ensure that families are receiving care from qualified providers, a seven-member Behavior Analysis Regulatory Board (BARB) will be established to license providers. Additionally, the Oregon Institute of Technology will begin offering the first two of a planned nine-course sequence of graduate courses in ABA this fall. These courses are designed to provide training in ABA that will prepare professionals for real-world therapy.

    • Sep 16 2013 01:38 PM
    • by brian
  14. Autism: A Walk in Their Shoes

    September 1, 2013- Autism: A Walk in Their Shoes- The Autism Speaks walk in Oregon is scheduled for September 22 in Portland. To help raise awareness for the event, three families have contributed short articles discussing how autism has affected their lives.

    • Sep 02 2013 09:09 AM
    • by brian
  15. Survey: Autism Dx Harder in Latinos

    August 19, 2013- "Survey: Autism Dx Harder in Latinos"- A recent survey has indicated that screening for autism spectrum disorders in Spanish-speaking families has posed a challenge for many pediatricians, even those whose practice includes a high proportion of Latinos. Of the pediatricians surveyed, only 29% offered Spanish-language screening for autism and related disorders. The article concludes with the details of the study’s findings and explains that these figures may explain why there are lower diagnostic rates for Latino children compared with whites.

    • Aug 21 2013 02:03 PM
    • by brian
  16. Welcome #34! Oregon Enacts Autism Insurance...

    August 14, 2013- "Welcome #34! Oregon Enacts Autism Insurance Reform"- Yesterday, Governor John Kitzhaber signed SB.365 into law, making Oregon the 34th state to enact autism insurance reform by requiring coverage of applied behavior analysis (ABA). The new law will not take effect until 2015 for public employees and 2016 for state-regulated health plans and will apply to kids who start ABA treatment before the age of 9. To learn more about the intricacies of autism insurance reform across the nation visit the State Initiatives section of the National Autism Network.

    • Aug 15 2013 10:14 AM
    • by brian
  17. Autism Bill Sails through Legislature without O...

    July 1, 2013- "Autism Bill Sails through Legislature without Opposition"- The House and the Senate have unanimously passed Senate Bill 365, a bill that paves the way for all public and private health plans to cover applied behavior analysis in Oregon for the next three years. If the bill becomes a law, the act will be rolled out in four stages which are discussed in detail throughout the article.

    • Jul 03 2013 10:02 AM
    • by brian
  18. Children with Delayed Motor Skills Struggle mor...

    June 29, 2013- "Children with Delayed Motor Skills Struggle more Socially"- Recent research indicates that children with autism who have a lack of motor skills tend to struggle more socially. Researchers observed a group of children with autism for two types of motor skills -- "object-control" motor skills, which involve more precise action such as catching or throwing-- and "locomotion" skills, such as running or walking. Students who struggled with object-control motor skills were more likely to have more severe social and communication skills than those who tested higher on the motor skills test.

    • Jul 01 2013 09:21 AM
    • by brian
  19. Autism Testing Delay Frustrates Hillsboro Mother

    June 24, 2013- "Autism Testing Delay Frustrates Hillsboro Mother"- Joni Texeira realized through firsthand experience how difficult it can be to see a specialist for an autism spectrum diagnosis. Her son, Mycah, was forced to wait six months to see a specialist in the state of Oregon. With all hospitals quoting the same time frame, Joni drove to Seattle, Washington and waited a week to see a doctor for her son’s diagnosis.  

    • Jun 26 2013 09:12 AM
    • by brian
  20. Oregon Senate gets Tough on Insurers with Autis...

    June 20, 2013- "Oregon Senate gets Tough on Insurers with Autism-Sparked Bill"- The Oregon Senate voted on a bill Wednesday that will give the Department of Consumer and Business Services more authority to hold insurance companies accountable when they violate the law. The bill was born out of a complaint related to health insurance coverage for autism spectrum disorders. The director of Consumer and Business Services has the power to revoke an insurer’s license to operate in the state, but this legislation gives the department further power to seek restitution and other relief.

    • Jun 24 2013 09:29 AM
    • by brian
  21. Beaverton Dad Publishes Guide for Parents of Ki...

    May 23, 2013- "Beaverton Dad Publishes Guide for Parents of Kids with Autism"- Anton Swenson, a 62-yer-old father of a son with Asperger’s, has recently authored “Aspergers/ASD: Making Life Easier, Safer, and Better (A Parent’s Roadmap to Sanity)." The book addresses common challenges such as finding psychiatrists and psychologists, getting health insurance coverage and financial help, communicating with special needs teachers, and figuring out housing as children grow into adulthood. Some of his tips include be patient but persistent, be sure to prioritize, and be picky about providers.

    • May 24 2013 09:58 AM
    • by brian
  22. Author to Talk about 'A Mother's Story...

    May 13, 2013- "Author to Talk about 'A Mother's Story of Autism' Memoir at Seaside Library"- Kerry Cohen will speak about her book titled “Seeing Ezra: A Mother’s Story of Autism, Unconditional Love, and the Meaning of Normal” at the Seaside Library on May 16. The story tells of how Ezra’s disorder was first noticed, the types of treatments Ezra undergoes, and how his diagnosis not only affects him, but the family as a whole.

    • May 14 2013 09:13 AM
    • by brian
  23. Providence Sued Over Autism Treatment Coverage

    May 9, 2013- "Providence Sued Over Autism Treatment Coverage"- A Portland, Oregon family is suing the health insurance provider Providence Health Plan after the family claims the plan denied them ABA therapy coverage for their child with autism. Oregon law mandates that health insurance companies include mental health coverage, but it will likely take at least 7 months before the case is heard by a judge.

    • May 10 2013 01:10 PM
    • by brian
  24. Autism Nonprofit's Founders Shut Down in Wa...

    February 15, 2013- "Autism Nonprofit's Founders Shut Down in Washington State; Were Active in Oregon"- Joseph Searles and his wife Rena plan to plead not guilty to criminal charges of theft and unlicensed raffles pertaining to their charity known as Autism Awareness United. The couple recently signed a consent agreement to halt all charity work and commercial fundraising in Washington state. State investigations by both Oregon and Washington have uncovered that the Searles’ only donated a fraction of the money raised to legitimate charities.

    • Apr 12 2013 11:10 AM
    • by brian
  25. Raffle Operators in Thurston County Accused of...

    February 13, 2013- "Raffle Operators in Thurston County Accused of Stealing Proceeds Meant for Autism Charity"- Joseph Searles and his wife Rena have each been charged in Thurston County Superior Court with three counts of first-degree theft, three counts of first-degree conspiracy to commit theft, and three counts of running an unlicensed raffle. The charges come after the couple was accused of stealing more than $277,000 in proceeds meant for autism charities. In reality, less than $5,000 of the funds made their way to any legitimate charity.

    • Apr 11 2013 10:52 AM
    • by brian