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August 26, 2014

Jewelry, Accessories and Home Décor made by individuals with disabilities. - PRNewswire

WASHINGTON, Aug. 26, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- St. Coletta Shops ( is a social enterprise selling handmade jewelry, accessories and home décor made by individuals with intellectual disabilities.  Operated by the nonsectarian, nonprofit St. Coletta of...

Haitian Amputees' Story of Triumph and Survival to Premiere at Portland Film Festival - PRNewswire
NEW HAVEN, Conn., Aug. 26, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- documentary about hope and healing in the midst of the horrific aftermath of Haiti's 2010 earthquake will be a featured presentation at the Portland Film Festival on Saturday, Aug. 30, at 2:30 p.m. at Cinema 21 (616 NW 21st...

Many With Autism Lack Knowledge On Sex, Study Finds - DisabiltyScoop
Adults with autism face a greater risk of sexual victimization than their typically-developing peers, researchers say, and a lack of education could be part of the reason why.

Rule On Overtime Pay For Caregivers Prompts Pushback - DisabiltyScoop
Officials in one state say that new federal rules requiring overtime pay for caregivers could mean diminished services for people with disabilities and increased institutionalization.

Suit Alleges ADA Violations At DMV - DisabiltyScoop
Just because she has a disability, Pam Dickens must prove every year that she's a safe driver in order to keep her license. Now, Dickens and others are suing to get the requirement dropped.

Former Professional Baseball Player Joins AudioEye Team - PRNewswire
TUCSON, Ariz., Aug. 26, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- AudioEye®, Inc. (OTCQB: AEYE) ("AudioEye"), creator of the Audio Internet® patented audio browsing and automated publishing technology platform, today announced that Robbie Dromerhauser has joined the Company as a Senior Managing...
August 25, 2014

New Medicare Rules Rob ALS Patients of Their Voice, Says ALS Patient Lee Abramson - PRNewswire
WASHINGTON, Aug. 25, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The new level of awareness of ALS from the "Ice Bucket Challenge" should be directed at improving the quality of life for patients as well as finding a cure. Congress, however, has gone in the opposite direction, with incredibly...

Doctors Get New Recommendations For Diagnosing Disabilities - DisabiltyScoop
A major pediatricians' group is issuing new guidelines for physicians diagnosing intellectual and other developmental disabilities.
August 22, 2014

Outrage After Special Education Students Forced To Sort Trash - DisabiltyScoop
A school district is apologizing for having students in special education dig through trash for recyclables to earn money as part of a functional skills program.

Study Offers Clues To How Autism Develops - DisabiltyScoop
Kids with autism retain extra brain connections that other children weed out during development, researchers say in a new study that suggests drugs may be able to correct the issue.
August 21, 2014

Support Growing For Autism Behavior Therapy - DisabiltyScoop
A new government-backed review finds that there is substantially more evidence for behavior therapy in treating autism than even just a few years ago.
August 20, 2014

Minister Bergen Highlights Six Enabling Accessibility Fund Projects and the Call for Proposals in the Kootenay Region - PRNewswire
CRANBROOK, BC, Aug. 20, 2014 /CNW/ - Today, the Honourable Candice Bergen, Minister of State (Social Development), highlighted Government of Canada support for six community projects aimed at improving accessibility for people with disabilities. The funding, which totals $140,723, is...

The National Foundation for Celiac Awareness receives $2M for research, awareness - PRNewswire

AMBLER, Pa., Aug. 20, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- The National Foundation for Celiac Awareness (NFCA) has received a $2M contribution from an anonymous donor to support the organization's on-going efforts to raise awareness about the disease, advance research, encourage testing, and...

Maria Shriver and Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom to Return as Honorary Co-Chairs of the 11th Annual Best Buddies Challenge: Hearst Castle - PRNewswire

CARMEL, Calif., Aug. 20, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Best Buddies International, a nonprofit dedicated to creating opportunities for friendship, employment and leadership training for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, is pleased to announce that journalist...

IDEAL Group Apps4Android Releases Innovative Knowledge Mining App For People With Print Disabilities - PRNewswire

HILLIARD, Ohio, Aug. 20, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- IDEAL Group Apps4Android today announced the release of "Document Knowledge Miner," an Android application that enables individuals with print disabilities to acquire knowledge from digital documents, even if the documents were not...

A Tribute to Senator James M. Jeffords, A True Public Servant - AUCD
Jim Jeffords was a man of the people---a gentle, soft-spoken man, always seeking to do the right thing. He was a man of integrity, wit, and wisdom---with a twinkle in his eye. He was a humble man, always willing to take the first step to accomplish the goal---though often shunning the limelight and giving credit to others. His primary purpose was to serve the greater good. Often, when he met with constituents visiting his Senate office, as he was running out of the office for a floor vote or committee meeting...he would wave his hand in the air in a grand gesture and state "I am off to do good"...with a broad smile on his face. The truth is, he really meant it.

Menendez, Autism Speaks Celebrate Enactment of Autism CARES - Autism Speaks - Advocasy

At New Jersey event, Sen. Bob Menendez hails signing of $1.3 billion funding bill

August 20, 2014

PARAMUS, NJ (August 20, 2014) -- Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ), the lead Senate sponsor of the Autism CARES Act, celebrated the signing of the bill into law at an event here with representatives of Autism Speaks andNew Jerseydisabilities groups. The new law, which authorizes $1.3 billion in new federal research funding over five years, was signed earlier this month by President Obama.

"The Autism CARES Act not only provides for the continuation of vital federal efforts, but ensures they provide better outcomes,” said Menendez. (Pictured left with Valentine Center Executive Director Janet Mino and one of her students.)

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“The law now ensures that we continue research into potential causes, new early diagnostic and intervention techniques, and more effective supports and services for those with autism and their families, and it pays attention to the unique needs facing those transitioning to adulthood and to independent lives.

“We have to be vigilant and united in our support—to put a focus on transitioning youth and adult services—so that children with autism are able to fulfill their God-given potential and become successful, independent adults,” he said.

Menendez spoke at the ECLC of New Jersey's Bergen P.R.I.D.E. Center, celebrating the new lawwith autism advocates.

"Senator Bob Menendez has been a reliable and effective champion for the nation's autism community, delivering once again with the enactment of the Autism CARES Act,” said Stuart Spielman, Autism Speaks' senior policy advisor and counsel.

“The unanimous Senate vote for the bill masks the hard work by Senator Menendez and our other Congressional champions in overcoming challenges that could have derailed continued federal funding for autism research," he added. "Autism CARES is a thoughtfully crafted piece of legislation that protects federal investment in autism for years to come while creating a role for the federal government in addressing the needs of our rapidly growing population of Americans with autism.”

Autism CARES reauthorized the landmark 2006 Combating Autism Act for through 2019 at an annual funding level of $260 million. The funding will be used primarily for autism research grants awarded by the National Institutes of Health. Autism CARES will also ensure the continued funding of autism prevalence monitoring; training of medical professionals to detect autism; and continued efforts to develop treatments for medical conditions associated with autism.

The federal government will be required under the new lawto inventorythe current state of adult services and report to Congress where gaps exist and how to most effectively address those needs. Autism CARES alsodirects the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC) toavoid unnecessary duplication in research studies anddevelop annual updates to an autism strategic plan.The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services willbe responsible forimplementing the strategic plan and reporting to Congress on progress.

New fischertechnik Partnership Brings STEM Learning Tools to Students with Special Needs and Autism - PRNewswire
SANBORN, N.Y., Aug. 19, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The fischertechnik Division of Studica recently partnered with Minnick Schools to bring some of the fischertechnik learning kits to students with learning disabilities, special needs, behavioral issues and autism.  Together they aim...

Down Syndrome Laws Stir Debate - DisabiltyScoop
A growing number of states are requiring that a Down syndrome diagnosis be accompanied by accurate information about the disorder, but not everyone is pleased by the new mandates.
August 19, 2014

Toyota of Naperville reminds customers about mobility options - PRNewswire

NAPERVILLE, Ill., Aug. 19, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Estimations made by the Centers for Disease Control in 2012 stated that one in five Americans, or approximately 53 million people, have some kind of disability. Physical disabilities that make it difficult for people to perform...

Mazda Racer Liam Dwyer Ready to Race Again - PRNewswire

IRVINE, Calif., Aug. 19, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- When Hollywood scripts a racing movie, they tend to go overboard.  Having an injured U.S. Marine Staff Sergeant winning a professional race, in only his second start, just miles from where he grew up, on the third anniversary of his...

Tony Ferlenda named CEO at the National Fragile X Foundation - PRNewswire

WALNUT CREEK, Calif., Aug. 19, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The National Fragile X Foundation (NFXF), the world's leading advocacy organization for people affected by all Fragile X-associated Disorders, has named Tony Ferlenda as chief executive officer. He will begin on August 25,...

VIA Rail's New Accessible Cabin for Two Makes its Inaugural Trip from Vancouver on the Canadian - PRNewswire
MONTRÉAL, Aug. 19, 2014 /CNW Telbec/ - VIA Rail Canada ( is proud to announce that the Canadian leaving Vancouver tonight will include, for the very first time, a newly renovated Park car featuring an accessible cabin designed for people with disabilities. This new cabin...

New Sites Added To Autism Treatment Network - DisabiltyScoop
Two more medical centers will soon join a national network designed to provide a one-stop shop for autism care.

Plan For Special Education Substitutes Draws Concerns - DisabiltyScoop
With too few teachers on staff as the school year kicks off, one school district may rely on long-term substitutes for many special education classes.

Albert Pujols "Pinch Hits" To Support 20th Anniversary Of The Toys"R"Us Toy Guide For Differently-Abled Kids® - PRNewswire

WAYNE, N.J., Aug. 19, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Toys"R"Us® today announced the release of its 20th Anniversary edition of the Toys"R"Us Toy Guide for Differently-Abled Kids®, an easy-to-use toy selection resource for those who know, love and shop for children with special needs....

Developmental Disorders More Common Than A Decade Ago - DisabiltyScoop
The number of children with disabilities is on the rise, largely due to growth in incidence of mental and developmental disorders, researchers say.
August 18, 2014

TV Series To Examine Life During Transition - DisabiltyScoop
A new show focusing on the experiences of five young adults with intellectual disabilities is coming to television.
August 16, 2014

Ice Bucket Donations Surpass $10 Million to The ALS Association - PRNewswire

WASHINGTON, Aug. 16, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today, The ALS Association announced it has surpassed $10 million in "Ice Bucket" donations. Specifically, as of Saturday, August 16, 2014, The ALS Association has received $11.4 million in donations compared to $1.7 million during the...

August 15, 2014

Despite Pleas, Brothers With Disabilities Set To Lose Home - DisabiltyScoop
Three aging brothers with developmental disabilities who have been fighting to remain in the only home they have ever known will likely see it demolished in the next few weeks.

Advocates Cracking Down On Sheltered Workshops - DisabiltyScoop
A nationwide effort is underway to lodge federal complaints against sheltered workshops that are not fully complying with the law.

Oregon To Order Sweeping ABA Coverage - Autism Speaks - Advocasy

Successful litigation against insurers leads to state order

August 14, 2014

SALEM, OR (August 14, 2014) -- Acting in response to a string of successful lawsuits against the insurance industry, an Oregon state agency announced today that it would prepare a directive requiring all private health insurers to cover applied behavior analysis (ABA) for autism.

“Recent court decisions have brought clarity that coverage for ABA therapy should be required of all insurers,” said Insurance Commissioner Laura Cali. “After evaluating the latest ruling made in Oregon last week, we have determined there are limited circumstances in which denial of coverage for ABA therapy as a treatment for autism may be reasonable. We hope the bulletin will provide more certainty to Oregon families who seek this treatment.”

Cali was referring to last week's decision by U.S. District Court Judge Michael Simon striking down the use of a "developmental disability exclusion" by insurers to deny claims for ABA treatment for autism. The ruling came in a class action lawsuit brought by two families against Providence Health Plans.

Simon found that the disabilities exclusion violated federal and state mental health parity law.

In a previous case, McHenry v PacificSource Health Plans, the court struck down the insurer's claims that ABA was "experimental" and "educational," rather than medical, in nature. The health plan administered by theOregon Public Employees Benefits Board (PEBB)is currently beingsuedfor its refusal to cover ABA, while in neighboring Washington state a series of decisions in class action suits have run against insurers.

Last year, Gov. John Kitzhaber signed legislation requiring state-regulated health plans to cover ABA, but the requirement would not take effect until 2016.

The Oregon Insurance Division, which is part of the state Department of Consumer and Business Services,has the authority to issue bulletins to clarify requirements of insurance companies under the Oregon Insurance Code and other state and federal laws.

"This bulletin will explain that insurers cannot exclude coverage of ABA therapy for autism from their policies," the Insurance Division announced in a statement. "As with other types of medical services, insurers can make coverage decisions based on whether the therapy is deemed appropriate and medically necessary for an individual patient, but they cannot broadly deny payment for ABA therapy."

The statewill begin drafting the bulletin "immediately" and share the draft withconsumers, advocates, insurers, and other interested parties, for comment and feedback. The division also promised todevelop a "transparent and consistent approach" for resolving current and future consumer complaints and enforcing the bulletin.

The Insurance Division has drawn fire in the mediafor purportedly maintaining a cozy relationship withthe state's insurance industry.As reported by The Oregonian, adraft memo analyzing the 2013 autism insurance reform bill was shared with a lobbyist for Regence Blue Cross Blue Shield while the bill was still before the Legislature.

Cali took over as director shortly after the episode and told The Oregonian she was making improved autism insurance coverage a priority for the Insurance Division.

August 14, 2014

Increasingly, Parents Push For Inclusive Playgrounds - DisabiltyScoop
With local governments tight on funds, families are stepping up to ensure that community playgrounds offer a fun space for all children no matter their abilities.

‘Love Hormone' Not Responsible For Autism, Study Finds - DisabiltyScoop
While some children with autism may benefit from taking oxytocin, low levels of the so-called "love hormone" do not appear responsible for causing the developmental disorder, researchers say.
August 13, 2014

Sedgwick SVP Denise Fleury receives 2014 DMEC Partnership Award - PRNewswire

MEMPHIS, Tenn., Aug. 13, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Sedgwick, the leader in technology-enabled claims and productivity management solutions, announced that Denise Fleury, senior vice president of disability and absence management, received the 2014 Partnership Award from the...

Rethink Announces New Tool to Help Teachers Support Students with Behavioral Challenges - PRNewswire
NEW YORK, Aug. 13, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- School districts across the country are beginning to adopt a new tool that will make it easier for educators to help students overcome behavioral challenges -- an impediment to academic progress for students. Rethink, an education technology...

Federal Judge Removes Key Roadblock To ABA Insurance Coverage - Autism Speaks - Advocasy

In Oregon class action suit, judge rejects 'developmental disability exclusion' widely used to deny claims

August 13, 2014

PORTLAND, OR (August 13, 2014) -- A "developmental disabilityexclusion" widely used by insurers to deny claims for applied behavior analysis (ABA) therapy for autism has been rejected in Oregon by a federal judge as a violation of federal and state mental health parity law.

Ruling in a class action lawsuit brought against Oregon's Providence Health Plan, U.S. District Court Judge Michael Simon ruled that "an insurer cannot provide coverage for a service for one child and deny coverage for the same service for another child solely because the second child suffers from a developmental disability."

The complaint, A.F. and A.P. v Providence Health Plan,was brought by two families raising children with autism and was certified as aclass action covering all Providence policyholders earlier this year.

Simon ruled that the blanket exclusionviolated the federal 2008 Wellstone Domenici Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act, Oregon's Mental Health Parity Act and a 2007 Oregon statute regarding medical coverage for autism. According to the decision, "Providence cannot simultaneously purport to cover autism and yet deny coverage for medically necessary ABA therapy through its Developmental Disability Exclusion consistent with the Oregon Mental Health Parity Act."

Simon also made clear he considers ABA to be medical treatment, as opposed to a service provided by schools.

"The case is significant in holding that developmental disabilities exclusions are prohibited as'separate treatment limitations' applicable only with respect to mental health benefits," said Dan Unumb, executive director of the Autism Speaks Legal Resource Center. "The case is also useful in its discussion of othertreatment limitations, such as 'experimental' exclusions and 'medical necessity' exclusions that are often more restrictivelyapplied to exclude ABA coverage for autism.

"Finally, it is important just for making clear that coverage of ABA treatment for autism is a benefit with respect to a service for a mental health condition covered under mental health parity," he said. "Even if autism or related treatment may also be characterized as “developmental,”this does not in any way remove thiscondition from the protections of the mental health parity act."

In the course of the litigation, questions arose over the enforcement practices of the Oregon Insurance Division. External review boards over the course of several years ordered private insurers more than 20 times to cover autism treatment, but the state agency failed to enforce compliance, as reported by Willamette Week.

The report cited efforts by Paul Terdal, an Autism Speaks volunteer advocate, to improve the state's enforcement efforts.

President Obama Signs Bipartisan Autism CARES Act Into Law - Autism Speaks - Advocasy
Bill authorizes $1.3 billion in new federal funding for autism
August 08, 2014

WASHINGTON, DC (August 8, 2014) – President Obama signed the Autism CARES Act today, which dedicates $1.3 billion in federal funding for autism over the next five years. Autism CARES—introduced by Sens. Menendez (D-NJ) and Enzi (R-WY) and Reps. Chris Smith (R-NJ) and Mike Doyle(D-PA)—enjoyed broad bipartisan support in both the Senate and the House.

“Autism Speaks commends President Obama and our Congressional leaders for taking action on behalf of the millions of families affected by autism, which continues to rise at an alarming rate,” said Autism Speaks President Liz Feld. “These families are our champions and this critical legislation would not have been possible without the voices of tens of thousands of grassroots advocates from across the country.”

Autism CARES reauthorizes the landmark 2006 Combating Autism Act for another five years at an annual funding level of $260 million. The funding will be used primarily for autism research grants awarded by the National Institutes of Health. Autism CARES will also ensure the continued funding of autism prevalence monitoring; training of medical professionals to detect autism; and continued efforts to develop treatments for medical conditions associated with autism.

“Since 2006, the prevalence of autism has risen at an alarming rate to 1 in 68, including 1 in 42 boys. Given this epidemic, there has never been a greater need for these types of bipartisan efforts to make autism a federal priority,” said Feld. “We applaud Senators Bob Menendez (D-NJ) and Michael Enzi (R-WY) and Reps. Chris Smith (R-NJ) and Mike Doyle (D-PA) for their continued leadership and commitment to autism families.”

Autism CARES also tasks the federal government with surveying the current landscape of adult services and reporting to Congress where gaps exist and how to most effectively address those needs.

“There is a particularly acute need to serve young people with autism as they transition to adulthood and need new housing, employment, transportation, and other services," Feld added. “Autism CARES will be critical to identifying these challenges and the ways that the federal and state officials can address them.”

The bill also empowers the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC) with the task of avoiding unnecessary duplication and making recommendations to implement a strategic plan. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is required to take charge of implementing the plan and reporting to Congress on progress.

Read the official White House statement here.

August 12, 2014

Nation's 911 System Inching Towards Greater Accessibility - DisabiltyScoop
A new federal rule is paving the way for 911 services to become more accessible for people with disabilities.

Despite Laws, ABA Therapy Often Hard To Come By - DisabiltyScoop
Even in states with laws requiring health insurers to cover autism therapy, parents say they're hitting walls when they try to access such services.

Airlines Face Stiff Fines For Disability Complaints - DisabiltyScoop
Airlines are facing the steepest penalties for mistreating passengers with disabilities as the total number of citations imposed on carriers is soaring, a new analysis finds.
August 11, 2014

Leidos Sponsors The 34th National Veterans Wheelchair Games In Philadelphia - PRNewswire

RESTON, Va., Aug. 11, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Leidos (NYSE: LDOS), a national security, health and engineering solutions company, is a Platinum Sponsor of the 34th National Veterans Wheelchair Games scheduled for Aug. 12-17 in Philadelphia, Pa.  The Games are presented by Paralyzed...

AUCD Welcomes Ben Jackson as Disability Policy Leadership Fellow - AUCD
W. Ben Jackson III is currently serving as the AUCD Disability Policy Fellow for 2014-2015. He graduated from The Dickinson School of Law at The Pennsylvania State University in May of 2104. Prior to joining the AUCD he worked with Project HEAL (Health, Education, Advocacy and Law) at the Kennedy Krieger Institute as a law clerk. As a law clerk with Project HEAL he was responsible for researching and drafting memorandums on special education law. He directly advocated for clients by drafting complaints for the Maryland State Department of Education for alleged violations of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (2004). He also worked to ensure his clients had appropriate accommodations and placements by advocating during Individualized Education Program meetings.

Masters In Special Education Program Guide Identifies the 50 Best Private Special Needs Schools in the United States - PRNewswire
AVALON, N.J., Aug. 11, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The website Masters In Special Education Program Guide has published a resource entitled 'The 50 Best Private Special Needs Schools in the United States,' including facilities from across the nation. The website's editors selected the...

DREAM Makes Dreams Come True for Students With Intellectual Disabilities - PRNewswire
MILLERSVILLE, Pa., Aug. 11, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- When many high school students with an intellectual disability graduate, their options are limited to sheltered workshops or staying at home. That won't be the case for one student who will attend Millersville University of...

Obama Signs Autism Act Renewal - DisabiltyScoop
With little fanfare, President Barack Obama signed a reauthorization of the nation's primary autism legislation that includes more than a billion dollars in federal funding.

President Signs Autism CARES Act into Law - AUCD
President Obama signed the Autism CARES Act into law on August 8. AUCD's Director of Public Policy wrote this blog post about the law.
August 7, 2014

Minister Bergen announces investment to help Canadians with disabilities in Victoria gain entrepreneurial skills - PRNewswire
VICTORIA, Aug. 7, 2014 /CNW/ - The Honourable Candice Bergen, Minister of State (Social Development), announced today that the Government of Canada is helping Canadians with disabilities develop the skills and experience they need to find jobs. The Greater Victoria Economic...

CIBC Team Next members Josh Cassidy, Stephanie Dixon and Cody Caldwell look to inspire kids with disabilities to mark one-year countdown to TORONTO 2015 Parapan Am Games - PRNewswire
Canadian Paralympian and Parapan Am hopeful visit with kids at Variety Village and Holland Bloorview TORONTO, Aug. 7, 2014 /CNW/ -  CIBC (TSX: CM) (NYSE: CM) - Canadian Paralympians Josh Cassidy and Stephanie Dixon and Parapan Am hopeful Cody Caldwell joined CIBC today in...

United Spinal Partners with Airshells to Provide Air Travelers with Disabilities Protective Safety Bags for Wheelchairs - PRNewswire

NEW YORK, Aug. 7, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- August 6th, United Spinal Association today announced a partnership with to provide people living with disabilities access to safety bags designed to protect foldable and rigid wheelchairs from damage during air travel. The...

Canadian Parapan Am hopefuls ready for TO2015! - Canadian Paralympic Committee Celebrates One Year to Go to the Toronto 2015 Parapan American Games - PRNewswire
OTTAWA, Aug. 7, 2014 /CNW/ - With today marking one year to go to the Toronto 2015 Parapan American Games, the Canadian Paralympic Committee celebrates the spotlight shining on athlete hopefuls training for Toronto. "Are You Ready?" asks the Toronto2015 Parapan video released this...
August 6, 2014

Minister Bergen launches New Call for Proposals for the Enabling Accessibility Fund for Small Businesses - PRNewswire
NANAIMO, BC, Aug. 6, 2014 /CNW/ - The Enabling Accessibility Fund call for proposals was launched today by the Honorable Candice Bergen, Minister of State (Social Development) at the Nanaimo Association for Community Living, giving eligible small businesses in all provinces and...

Independent Author Lila Rhodes Publishes Fourth Book in Albin and the Jouster Series - PRNewswire

LYNNWOOD, Wash., Aug. 6, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Author Lila Rhodes is proud to announce the latest installment in her easy-to-read series, titled Entering The Castle. The book is available for sale on Amazon as a Print-on-Demand book through CreateSpace Independent Publishing...

UC, Partners Awarded Funding to Address Health Care Gaps - AUCD
The University of Cincinnati (UC) College of Nursing, along with the UC College of Medicine and partners at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center and UC's University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities, has received almost $1 million to develop programs to grow in number and better prepare practitioners to meet the primary care and mental health care needs of the Ohio Medicaid population.
August 5, 2014

Schumer Urges Congress To Move Quickly On Tax-Free Savings Plans - Autism Speaks - Advocasy

Autism Speaks, other disabilities organizations line up for ABLE

August 05, 2014

NEW YORK (August 5, 2014) -- Surrounded by supporters from Autism Speaks and other national disabilities organizations, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) today urged Congress to move quickly on the ABLE Act which would allow tax-free savings accounts for Americans with disabilities.

“Caring for some of our most vulnerable disabled children, and managing the huge financial cost that comes along with that care, must be a top priority for everyone, and not just their families," said Schumer."Creating tax-advantaged savings accounts, similar to IRAs, will allow parents to put away more money for their disabled child, without losing key government disability services and benefits that they need now.

"Unfortunately, cases of autism and other disabilities are on the rise and passing this bipartisan legislation is more important than ever," he added. "I'm strongly urging my colleagues to get on board with this plan and pass this bill.”

Sponsored by Sen. Robert Casey (D-PA) and Rep. Ander Crenshaw (R-FL) in the House, the ABLE Act (S.313) would authorize the creation of Section 529 tax-free savings accounts to cover the medical, housing, educational, transportation and other expenses for people with disabilities.Crenshaw's House bill (HR.647) wasreported out of the House Ways and Means Committee last week and awaits a floor vote when Congress returns from its August recess.

ABLE (Achieving aBetter Life Experience) Act has 75 cosponsors in the Senate and 380 in the House.

Autism Speaks President Liz Feld said, "Children with autism grow up to be adults with autism and they have challenges and needs across their lifespan and they change as they grow. A medical savings account that istax-free is going toallow parents to plan, to save and to provide for their children long after they're gone."

In addition to Autism Speaks, representatives from the National Down Syndrome Society, the National Fragile X Foundation, and the United Cerebral Palsy of New York City.

August 4, 2014

Coleman Grant Of $125,000 To Fund Have Dreams Academy Workplace Training Program For Young Adults With Autism - PRNewswire
EVANSTON, Ill., Aug. 4, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A $125,000 grant from the Coleman Foundation will fund the pilot and launch of Have Dreams Academy at Have Dreams, a local autism resource nonprofit.  Have Dreams Academy is an autism-specific workplace training program...

Quinn Signs Legislation To Address Disparities In Long Term Care - PRNewswire
SPRINGFIELD, Ill., Aug. 4, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Thousands of Illinois seniors who receive care in their own homes or in institutions received good news today as Governor Quinn signed into law Senate Bill 2773. The legislation establishes a task force with the...

PA Lottery Cash 5 Ticket Worth $325,000 Sold in Westmoreland County - PRNewswire
MIDDLETOWN, Pa., Aug. 4, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A jackpot-winning Pennsylvania Lottery Cash 5 ticket worth $325,000 from the Saturday, Aug. 2, drawing was sold at Sheetz, 7821 Route 30, Irwin. The ticket correctly matched all five balls, 01-02-06-24-34, to win a prize of...

2014 AUCD Registration Open - AUCD
Reserve your space today for the highly anticipated AUCD Conference. This year's AUCD Conference theme reflects our goal of achieving an elevated level of engagement with our respective and collective communities, networks, and well beyond in order to better inform, enhance, and enrich the work we all do to improve the lives of people with disabilities and their families.

AUCD Conference Proposals - AUCD
The proposal process for the AUCD 2014 Conference is currently closed and teams of peer reviewers are scoring proposals. Notifications will be sent out to the primary submitting individual in early August of 2014. Thank you for submitting, and we hope to see you at the Conference!
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