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April 23, 2014

Traveling Poses a Unique Set of Challenges for People with Blindness - PRNewswire
SACRAMENTO, Calif., April 23, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Getting from "here to there" can be challenging and require patience from most everyone. But for people with blindness or visual impairment, overcoming mobility challenges often takes more than just patience – it takes...

Rethink Announces Addition of Student Activity Center, Making Their Model the First Comprehensive Special Education Solution - PRNewswire

NEW YORK, April 23, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Rethink is pleased to announce the launch of its Student Activity Center, a newly developed interface for children featuring computer-based activities aligned with the platform's curriculum, reporting, and progress monitoring tools. The...

Cutting-edge Research to be Presented at 4th Annual International Symposium on Lung-Sparing Therapies for Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma in Santa Monica - PRNewswire

LOS ANGELES, April 23, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- On June 7, 2014 global experts on malignant pleural mesothelioma will convene in Santa Monica, CA at the 4th Annual International Symposium on Lung-Sparing Therapies for Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma, a rare form of cancer that results...

Boston Elder Care Expert A. Michael Bloom Named "Life Coach of the Year" Finalist for International Coach Federation of New England - PRNewswire

BOSTON, April 23, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- For the second year in a row, A. Michael Bloom has been selected as a finalist for "Life Coach of the Year" honors by the International Coach Federation New England (ICFNE). Photo - ICFNE...

Andy Imparato, AUCD Executive Director, Speaks at Delaware Town Hall on How New HCBS Rule Would Change Options for People with Disabilities - AUCD
More than a hundred people gathered at the Embassy Suites in Newark Monday morning to discuss a new federal rule that could dramatically change options in housing, employment and other basics for people with disabilities. "This is an issue that has divided the [disability] community," Imparato said. "But there is a consensus that everyone should have the opportunity for a competitive work environment at the start of their working lives."
April 22, 2014

UN: People With Disabilities Free To Make Own Decisions - DisabiltyScoop
People with even the most severe disabilities have the right to make their own decisions, no matter if their choices are risky or ultimately turn out to be mistakes, a U.N. panel says.

Telemedicine Shows Promise For ABA Therapy - DisabiltyScoop
Using web-based technology to teach parents the strategies of applied behavior analysis could offer big gains for kids with autism, new research suggests.

Debate Surrounds Condition That Mimics Psychiatric Disorders - DisabiltyScoop
Experts say that treatable infections may be behind a growing number of children developing symptoms of psychological disorders seemingly overnight, but the idea remains controversial. Offers US Doctors Reputation Management Resources, As Well As a Platform for Getting Private Practices Noticed - PRNewswire
LAS VEGAS, April 22, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Doctor For Cash, LLC, a company focused on the cash-based medical practices of America, has recently released the web site. This new net destination serves as a kind of all-in-one toolbox for ambitious medical professionals, as...

Union MedTech and Rex Bionics to Exhibit at Master Investor 2014 Conference - PRNewswire

LONDON, April 22, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- REX hands-free exoskeleton technology to be showcased at London conference  Union MedTech Plc, a company focused on medical technology, will be exhibiting at the Master Investor 2014 conference on Saturday, 26 April 2014 at the Business Design...

TRICARE Plans Major Revamp of ABA Services For Military Kids - Autism Speaks - Advocasy

Three different programs serving kids with autism will be rolled into one

April 22, 2014

WASHINGTON, DC (April22, 2014) -- In a report to Congress,TRICARE announced it will be creating a new Autism Care Demonstration startingJuly 25 that willconsolidate all ABA programs into one uniform benefit for TRICARE beneficiaries with autism.

The new program will launch with the expiration of the current Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Pilot for non-active duty family members that has been problematic since its launch last year and has served very few children.

TRICARE intends to transition all beneficiaries receiving ABA services to the new demonstration by the end of 2014.TRICARE reports the new demonstration will extend through December 31, 2016 while the Department of Defense considers coverage of ABA as medical care.

Policy specifics of the new Autism Care Demonstration were not provided in TRICARE's report.Autism Speaks will monitor the release of the program details and encourage TRICARE to publish its proposed policies and seek public input into the process.

"Transparency is important here," said Karen Driscoll, Autism Speaks associate director of federal government affairs and military relations. "Military families need to be able to plan for their healthcare decisions.Engaging with families, service providers, and medical experts is also important to ensure final policies meet the needs of military children in a manner consistent with best practices."

Autism Speaks continues to work with Congressional champions to require ABA coverage for all military children with developmental disabilities, such as Down syndrome,and at medically prescribed levels.Earlier this month, Autism Speaks hosted Congressional briefings for the House and the Senate to highlight the need for the legislation.

Links to the complete TRICARE Reports to Congress can be found HERE and HERE.

April 21, 2014

Group Homes' Decision To Bar Newlyweds From Cohabiting Upheld - DisabiltyScoop
A federal judge has thrown out a discrimination claim from a married couple with intellectual disabilities who were denied the opportunity to live together in the same group home.

Nebraska Becomes 36th State To Require Autism Coverage - Autism Speaks - Advocasy

Gov. Heineman signs bill requiring certain insurers to cover diagnosis, treatment

April 21, 2014

LINCOLN (April 21, 2014) -- Nebraska became the 36th state to enact autism insurance reform today when Gov. Dave Heineman signed legislation requiring certain insurers to coverthe diagnosis and treatment of autism up to age 20. The new law, which takes effect with new health policies issued for 2015, requires up to 25 hours a week of behavioral health treatment, including applied behavior analysis (ABA).

Heineman said he was signingthe bill, LB.254, "on behalf of families who meet the challenges of autism every day.” The bill was sponsored bySen. Colby Coash of Lincoln, who has worked for years withfamilies and autism advocacy groups, such as Autism Speaks, in winning autism insurance reform.

“I care about this issue because I have seen the impact that this treatment can have on the future of a child with autism,” saidCoash. “Positive things can happen when they receive life-changing treatment. These families are strong willed and they never gave up on the bill, so I wouldn't either. Today is a special day.”

“This is a great day for Autism families in Nebraska,” said Vicki Depenbusch, Autism Speaks' advocacy chair for Nebraska. “It gives us hope that our children will be the best citizens that they can be.”

Depenbusch's son,Jacob, who has autism, and Heineman (pictured right with Vicki Depenbusch and Coash)metat a parent teacher conferencein 2010. The two have communicated regularly and attended events together over the last four years. Jacob calls himself the “Governor's Buddy.”

The new law requires coverage for speech, occupational and physical therapy, as well as pharmaceutical care for the treatment of autism. No visit or dollars are imposed on those services.

Behavioral health treatment, however, was cappedat25 hours per week andinsurers will be ableto reviewtreatment plans every six months.Certain state-regulated group and individual health policies, as well as state employees, will be covered.

In addition to Nebraska, Utah has enacted autism insurance reform in 2014 and Kansas expanded its 2010 law, which was limited to state employees, tocover its kids with autism. Similar bills remain active in Hawai'i and North Carolina, and legislation that would raise Maine's age cap from 5 to 10 was just sent to the Governor.

Marijuana Rated Significantly More Effective in Treating Fibromyalgia Symptoms than FDA-Approved Drugs, Global Survey Finds - PRNewswire

GOLDEN, Colo., April 21, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- A survey of 1,339 people with fibromyalgia conducted by The National Pain Foundation and, revealed that those who have used marijuana to treat their symptoms find it significantly more effective than any of the three...

NIH Seeking Public Comment On DSM Autism Update - DisabiltyScoop
Nearly a year after new diagnostic criteria for autism took effect, the National Institutes of Health is asking everyone from families to health experts to weigh in on the changes.

2013 IACC Summary of Advances in Autism Spectrum Disorder Research Now Available - AUCD
The Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC) and the Office of Autism Research Coordination are pleased to announce the release of the 2013 IACC Summary of Advances in Autism Spectrum Disorder Research in conjunction with the celebration of National Autism Awareness Month. The 2013 IACC Summary of Advances is a collection of brief summaries of studies selected by the IACC as the twenty most significant biomedical and services research advances in the field of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) research in 2013.
April 18, 2014

Public Comments Disclose Flaws In Medicare Program That Compromise Quality Of Care For Patients - PRNewswire
WASHINGTON, April 18, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- An array of clinicians and advocates for Medicare patients, as well as home medical equipment providers, manufacturers, and trade groups, sharply oppose a proposal by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to expand the...

Medicare Patients Face Danger Going To Doctors' Offices Says AAHomecare - PRNewswire
WASHINGTON, April 18, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Dorena Hyatt of Meyersdale, Pa., has been disabled since the age of 12.  "My disability affected my legs and I am no longer able to walk," said Hyatt. Now 65 years old, she lives alone and maintains her independence by using a...

Home Videos May Allow For Quicker Autism Diagnosis - DisabiltyScoop
Using YouTube videos, researchers say they've identified a new approach to autism screening that could significantly speed up the path to diagnosis.

Court: Mom Acted Wrongly In Arranging Son's Vasectomy - DisabiltyScoop
In a case centering on the rights of people with intellectual disabilities, a court has ruled that an Iowa mother overstepped when she arranged a vasectomy for her son with special needs.
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