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  1. Boy with Autism Shatters Stereotypes, Takes Wor...

    July 12, 2016- "Boy with Autism Shatters Stereotypes, Takes World Title in Taekwondo"- Ethan Fineshriber was diagnosed at age 3. At age 11 he has won his first World Title in Taekwondo this past June at the ATA World Championship. As Ethan participated in taekwondo he learned to hone his focus, self-discipline, self-confidence, and determination. Ethan owes his success in a large part to his mother, Mara, who encouraged him to participate in sports for exercise and as a medium for interacting with others.

    • Jul 14 2016 10:21 AM
    • by brian
  2. Student with Autism Climbs to Help Others

    October 23, 2015- "Student with Autism Climbs to Help Others"- Troy Shumway, a 20-year-old with autism was able to attend college through Aggies Elevated, a two-year certificate from Utah State University designed for students with autism, Down syndrome, and other intellectual and physical disabilities. Troy credits the program with helping him to learn and grow from his “comfort zone” and he wants another individual to have the same learning experience. To that end, Troy participated in a fundraising campaign for a future student’s tuition by climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro. Troy’s father, Robert, an avid climber and triathlete, came up with the campaign based upon the Aggies Elevated motto “climb higher.” With two guides, his father and his mother, Kathy, Troy climbed Africa’s tallest peak accompanied by a documentarian who captured the difficult endeavor as a means of inspiring others. Troy recently spoke about his experience during a fundraising event as he continues to work towards his selfless goal of granting one individual the same higher level education he was able to receive.

    • Oct 26 2015 12:41 PM
    • by brian
  3. Police Hope New Autism Roster Will Help Them...

    November 20, 2014- "Police Hope New Autism Roster Will Help Them 'Better Serve'"- In the wake of recent incidents involving police officers and individuals with autism, Utah residents in Salt Lake City can now register with the new Autism Safety Roster. The registry creates a partnership between the Unified Police Department and local health professionals so that officers know when they are entering the home of an individual on the spectrum. The registry provides details about the person’s looks, the types of behaviors they typically exhibit, and known triggers that could cause a meltdown.

    • Nov 24 2014 10:58 AM
    • by brian
  4. Utah Autism Waiver Program Accepting Applications

    November 18, 2014- "Utah Autism Waiver Program Accepting Applications"- The Utah Medicaid Autism Waiver Program currently has 25 open spots available for application. To qualify, a child must be between the ages of 2 and 6, diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder, and can't have more than $2,000 in his or her name. The waiver covers about $29,000 a year of ABA therapy,10-15 hours of in-home therapy and up to three hours of respite for the family each week.

    • Nov 20 2014 09:56 AM
    • by brian
  5. Autistic Teens Use Architecture Software to Bui...

    July 14, 2014- "Autistic Teens Use Architecture Software to Build Job Skills"- NeuroVersity has selected ten Salt Lake City teens on the autism spectrum to work with 3-D imaging software called SketchUp Make, developed by Google. NeuroVersity is working to connect individuals with disabilities with jobs by helping employers to view them in a different light. Instead of viewing an employee as a person with a disability, employers should see them as individuals with particular skill sets.  

    • Jul 21 2014 12:43 PM
    • by brian
  6. Limited Spaces Available for Utah Autism Treatm...

    May 5, 2014- "Limited Spaces Available for Utah Autism Treatment Program"-  The good news is The Utah Department of Health’s Medicaid Waiver program is open for enrollment. The bad news is there are only 35 opening for children on the autism spectrum. Fortunately, families will only have to rely on the waiver program for no more than over a year since Utah has mandated that autism insurance reform be effective by 2016.

    • May 06 2014 09:37 AM
    • by brian
  7. Utah's Autism Rate Holding Steady, but Stil...

    March 27, 2014- "Utah's Autism Rate Holding Steady, but Still Above Average"- The Utah autism rate remains steady, but still above average, after the release of the CDC’s most recent autism prevalence numbers. The researchers found that the autism rate in Utah is now 1 in 54, which down from the previous 1 in 47. The 2008 data which found the prevalence rate to be 1 in 47 pulled from health and education records of 2,000 8-year-olds in Salt Lake and Davis counties. But the 2010 study covered a larger geographic region, including Tooele, and spanned 25,000 children.  

    • Mar 31 2014 09:27 AM
    • by brian
  8. Who Will Utah Autism Insurance Mandate Help, Le...

    March 17, 2014- "Who Will Utah Autism Insurance Mandate Help, Leave Out?"- This article discusses who will benefit and who will still be without services if SB 57 passes through the Utah legislation process. According to the article, only large employers and individual health plans sold or renewed starting January 1, 2016 are subject to the mandate. Small businesses and self-insured companies are exempt, which means some of Utah’s largest employers are not forced to provide coverage. Some are worried that the mandate will have a reverse effect. Instead of providing coverage more employers may opt to self-insure to avoid the mandate.  

    • Mar 19 2014 10:05 AM
    • by brian
  9. Orchestra Cellist, With Autism, Sounds Hopeful...

    February 16, 2014- "Orchestra Cellist, With Autism, Sounds Hopeful Notes"- Risa Bean is a Utah college student with autism who claims that playing the cello is one of the most important things in her life. Risa struggles with verbal communication, so she finds it easier to convey her feelings through music. Risa was diagnosed at a young age and credits early intervention for playing a big role in helping her get where she is today.  

    • Feb 17 2014 02:26 PM
    • by brian
  10. Autism Pilot Program Reports Significant Improv...

    November 20, 2013- "Autism Pilot Program Reports Significant Improvements, Some State Legislators not Convinced"- A progress report was released Wednesday on three autism treatment test programs underway in Utah. There were two headlines from the initial findings; first the kids chosen by lottery for the studies are making significant improvements. Second, the treatments being funded on a small scale are more affordable than first thought. State Senator Brian E. Shiozawa, also a medical doctor, told the committee “if the utilization is as low as we see it will not harm the insurance companies which are concerned about the costs.” Shiozawa went on to explain national estimates of $2.3 million dollar savings per child with autism mainstreamed and kept out of long term care. However, Senator Allen Christensen expressed his concerns that the studies had no control groups and that it would be irresponsible for the heavily burdened government to cover autism treatments because he believes it sets a dangerous precedent for other issues to be requested to be covered by insurers.

    • Nov 22 2013 11:28 AM
    • by brian
  11. Salt Lake City Employees Receive Autism Health...

    November 4, 2013- "Salt Lake City Employees Receive Autism Health Insurance Benefits"- Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams recently announced that Salt Lake County employees will receive coverage for autism treatments. The mayor says this will cost the county about $200,000 and will go into effect April 1, 2014.

    • Nov 06 2013 11:00 AM
    • by brian
  12. Link Between Pregnancy Weight Gain, Autism?

    October 28, 2013- "Link Between Pregnancy Weight Gain, Autism?"- New research from the University of Utah has uncovered an association between autism spectrum disorders and a small increase in the amount of weight a mother gains during pregnancy. The small difference in pregnancy weight gain and the association with ASD was found in two separate study groups. These findings suggest that weight gain during pregnancy is not the cause of ASD but rather may reflect an underlying process that it shares with ASD, such as abnormal hormone levels or inflammation.

    • Oct 29 2013 09:49 AM
    • by brian
  13. Autism Medical Waiver Increases Therapy Enrollment

    October 19, 2013- "Autism Medical Waiver Increases Therapy Enrollment"- Utah government funding is facilitating more autism treatment places, like Kids on the Move, which is highlighted in this article. During the 2012 legislative session, a bill was passed for a two-year pilot program to help provide autism services. The three legs of the bill are the Medicaid waiver program, an autism treatment account, and the public employees health plan. All 300 eligible applicants received the waiver, which provides about $29,000 a year for children ages 2-6 to receive ABA therapy.

    • Oct 23 2013 10:53 AM
    • by brian
  14. Students on Autism Spectrum Receive Support

    September 18, 2013- "Students on Autism Spectrum Receive Support"- The iStar Project has received a donation for $50,000 to develop technology to help individuals on the autism spectrum prepare for adulthood. iStar’s overall goal is to improve social engagement and communication skills through the use of computer software.

    • Sep 20 2013 10:32 AM
    • by brian
  15. Watching Their Success can Help Teens with Auti...

    September 6, 2013- "Watching Their Success can Help Teens with Autism Master Important Life Skills"- A recent research study investigated the use of video self-modeling (VSM) as a means of teaching core skills such as math and science to students with autism and intellectual disabilities. Video self-modeling is the act of filming students as they successfully solve a problem or complete an assignment and then playing it back as a guide for future problem solving. The study found that students were able to independently solve math problems with an accuracy of between 80 and 100 percent without the use of the VSM as a guide.

    • Sep 11 2013 01:05 PM
    • by brian
  16. Protecting your Family: Law Enforcement Officer...

    August 13, 2013- "Protecting your Family: Law Enforcement Officers Learn Lessons in Autism"- The Autism Council of Utah, Families of Autism and Asperger’s Standing Together (FAAST), and the Weber County Sheriff’s Office sponsored an event to teach law enforcement officers new skills in understanding those they may encounter who have autism. The training session drove home the point that all individuals on the autism spectrum are unique and taught ways to avoid overstimulation and meltdowns.

    • Aug 15 2013 09:40 AM
    • by brian
  17. Experts Discuss Utah's Free-- but Limited -...

    July 23, 2013- "Experts Discuss Utah's Free-- but Limited -- Help for Autistic Children"- The Utah Lottery system for ABA coverage helps about 300 children of the 18,000 who require treatment. An online forum known as Trib Talk discussed the program and the need for a change.

    • Jul 25 2013 11:11 AM
    • by brian
  18. Utah Families Question Quality of Care in Autis...

    July 20, 2013- "Utah Families Question Quality of Care in Autism Experiment"- The Kava family was thrilled when they found out their son, Jason Jr., who has autism, was selected as one of the 277 children selected to receive coverage for ABA therapy under Utah’s Medicaid pilot program. Sadly, once selected, It took four months for them to complete paperwork, for the state to link families with providers, and for Utah Behavior Services to find tutors wiling to travel to southeastern Utah. Additionally, the company quit treating Jason after their father questioned the quality of his treatment since the tutors had no official training and none of the sessions were observed by a certified ABA therapist.

    • Jul 22 2013 11:27 AM
    • by brian
  19. Free Autism Treatment "Doing Wonders" f...

    July 21, 2013- "Free Autism Treatment "Doing Wonders" for Some Rural Utahns"- Despite early developmental warning signs, Owen Kartchner was not diagnosed with autism until the age of 3. Today, he is enrolled into an ABA program thanks to the Utah Lottery, which grants coverage for ABA to a small fraction of families who apply. The program has helped him tremendously and he is now able to verbally communicate.

    • Jul 22 2013 10:41 AM
    • by brian
  20. Autism Bankrupts Families, Emotionally and Fina...

    April 2, 2013- "Autism Bankrupts Families, Emotionally and Financially"- Lack of insurance coverage for autism spectrum disorders has caused the Stewart family, which includes 11-year-old boy named Zachary with autism,  to ponder leaving the state of Utah. Matt Bengtzen, who works as a manager in local government in Salt Lake City, has also experienced significant financial difficulties raising his 10- and 13-year-old sons with autism.

    • Apr 03 2013 08:26 AM
    • by brian
  21. Autism Awareness 5K Fundraiser

    March 27, 2013- "Autism Awareness 5K Fundraiser"- Millard County in Utah is hosting an Autism Speaks 5k Autism Awareness Fundraiser in Fillmore, Utah. In addition to the fun for charity, the event will include a bagel bar, a bouncy house for children, and a post-race balloon launch.

    • Mar 28 2013 10:58 AM
    • by brian
  22. Granite School District Supports Families with...

    March 13, 2013- "Granite School District Supports Families with Autistic Children"- The Granite School District’s Autism Parent Support Group meets monthly to educate parents and siblings about autism. Some of the topics include community resources, sensory issues and strategies, behavior management, communication strategies, sibling support, and IEPs.

    • Mar 14 2013 01:03 PM
    • by brian
  23. Utah Families Dealing with Autism to Face Anoth...

    March 7, 2013- "Utah Families Dealing with Autism to Face Another Year of Costs"-  Senate Bill 55, a bill propped to the Utah legislation to enact insurance reform regarding autism spectrum disorders, has been altered to expand a 2012 pilot program. This article and accompanying news video has all the disappointing details.

    • Mar 15 2013 09:24 AM
    • by brian
  24. Bill Requiring Insurance Coverage for Autism Pa...

    February 28, 2013- "Bill Requiring Insurance Coverage for Autism Pared Back"- In its original form, SB 55 would have required insurance coverage for children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. Unfortunately, due to a lack of enthusiasm regarding the bill, it has been scaled back to the expansion of a pilot program enacted in 2012. The program would now include 500 participants and raised the age limit from 6 to 7.  

    • Apr 16 2013 11:38 AM
    • by brian
  25. New Genetic Test may Improve Autism Diagnosis

    February 24, 2013- "New Genetic Test may Improve Autism Diagnosis"- A new genetic test may lead to a more accurate diagnosis for individuals with autism spectrum disorder by looking at key genetic markers. The new test is a product of the Lineagan company based out of Utah. The test currently costs more than $5,000, but is covered by some insurance companies.  

    • Apr 15 2013 10:09 AM
    • by brian