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ABA / Autism Insurance Coverage: Mandates and Self-Insured Companies

Let me start out by saying that I am trained as a Behavior Analyst. Following my coursework and practicum experience, I had a solid foundation to begin my career working with individuals with various diagnoses, including Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). My training however was focused, and...

Public Funding of Private Pre-School is a Mandated Early Intervention Service Required Under IDEA

Birth to age five, the time of early intervention services, is a critical time full of exploration, socialization and skill acquisition. For most children of this age in today’s society, the bulk of their experiences take place in day care or pre-school settings. For children identified with...

An Autism Spectrum News Interview with New York State OPWDD Commissioner Courtney Burke

It has been six months since Courtney Burke was appointed Commissioner of the New York State Office for People With Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD). Among the many things she has accomplished since that time, Ms. Burke has completed a statewide Listening Tour focused on issues concerning...

The Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments of 2008 US Department of Justice Issues Long-Awaited Major Revisions

On March 15, 2011 revised federal regulations to implement the Americans with Disability Act (ADA) became effective. This change occurred because on September 25, 2008, former President George W. Bush signed the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments of 2008, a federal statute with an effective...

The ABC’s of Medicaid and SSI Eligibility for People with Disabilities

Persons with severe disabilities will find it hard, perhaps impossible, to earn a living, or even perform such basic activities of daily living as eating and drinking, bathing, dressing, walking and grooming without assistance. Moreover, the nature and scope of the disabilities may very well cause...

Cutting Through Irrational Fiscal Fear and Administrative Paralysis to Secure Appropriate and Effective Autism Programs

Even during our most recent period of unprecedented, if not unbridled economic prosperity, the cost of providing special education was treated as an unwelcome burden that taxpayers were “mandated” to support. Congress had enacted IDEA (now known as IDEIA) with assurances to foot 40% of the cost...

IACC Advisory Panel Releases First Federal Strategic Plan for Autism Research

The Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC), a federal government advisory panel, has released its first blueprint for autism research. The IACC Strategic Plan for Autism Spectrum Disorder Research will advise federal agencies and Congress on needs and opportunities for research...