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May 23, 2017

Statement of Katy Neas, Easterseals Executive Vice President, Public Affairs on the Fiscal Year 2018 Trump Budget - PRNewswire

WASHINGTON, May 23, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Administration's FY 2018 budget severely threatens the health and independence of low income children and adults with disabilities and their families. Easterseals urges Congress to reject this budget. It disproportionately targets r...

PA Department of Labor & Industry Hosts Blindness Awareness Expo - PRNewswire

HARRISBURG, Pa., May 23, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Office of Vocational Rehabilitation, Bureau of Blindness and Visual Services (BBVS), and the Advisory Committee for the Blind of Pennsylvania hosted the 2017 Blindness Awareness Expo at the State Capitol Building today....

Trump Budget Guts Medicaid, Disability Programs - DisabiltyScoop
Deep cuts to Medicaid and other programs that people with disabilities rely on are at the heart of President Donald Trump's first budget proposal.

‘Swim Team' Chronicles Life On The Spectrum - DisabiltyScoop
A documentary about the unlikely rise of a group of swimmers on the autism spectrum will hit theaters this summer.

Parents Of Those With Disabilities Fear Deportation - DisabiltyScoop
Anticipating a broader immigration crackdown, undocumented families are hiring lawyers and scrambling to make contingency plans for their U.S.-born children with disabilities.

Tuesday with Liz: How Might Healthcare Funding Cuts Affect People with Disabilities? - AUCD
In this week's edition of Tuesdays with Liz: Disability Policy for All, Liz interviews Michael Gamel-McCormick, Disability Policy Director for Senator Bob Casey from Pennsylvania, about the importance of Medicaid.

Alabama Governor signs autism insurance reform bill - Autism Speaks - Advocasy

Autism Speaks joins the Autism Society of Alabama in applauding Governor Kay Ivey for signing into law House Bill 284, which requires certain health benefit plans to cover medically necessary treatment for autism, including applied behavior analysis (ABA).

May 23, 2017

Autism Speaks joins the Autism Society of Alabama in applauding Governor Kay Ivey for signing into law House Bill 284, which requires certain health benefit plans to cover medically necessary treatment for autism, including applied behavior analysis (ABA). Governor Ivey signed HB 284 on Friday, May 19, 2017, making Alabama the 46th state to require meaningful coverage for the treatment of autism.

Sponsored by Representative Jim Patterson and Senator Tom Whatley, the bill faced strong opposition from powerful insurance and business lobbies in Alabama, but a well-organized grassroots effort on behalf of families impacted by autism prevailed. HB 284 passed the House 100-0 and then passed the Senate 33-1. “The grassroots advocacy and perseverance demonstrated by families affected by autism in Alabama has been truly inspirational and was key to passage of this bill,” said Mike Wasmer, Director of State Government Affairs for Autism Speaks. “HB 284 is a very good bill and is a huge step in the right direction for thousands of families impacted by autism in Alabama.”

Despite strong opposition to age caps from families and legislative champions such as Senators Cam Ward, the Senate voted 19-13 to impose an age cap on coverage of 18 years. The Senate also voted to exclude coverage for small group plans (i.e., small businesses that provide fully insured plans with fewer than 51 employees).

“The Autism Society of Alabama and Autism Speaks remain committed to working together until all Alabamians affected by autism have access to medically necessary treatment,” said Bama Hager, Policy Advisor for the Autism Society of Alabama. Many states have passed less than ideal autism insurance laws where advocates have returned in later sessions and succeeded in improving upon terms of coverage. “Autism does not go away at age 18,” said Hager. “Our families will continue to advocate for meaningful coverage across the lifespan.”

The final version of HB 284 applies to fully insured large group plans and state employees (i.e., plans administered by PEEHIB and SEIB) and requires coverage for ABA with tiered annual dollar caps based on the age of the insured: $40,000/year (age 0-9 years); $30,000/year (age 10-13 years); and $20,000/year (age 14-18 years). Coverage for treatments such as speech therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy, and psychological and psychiatric care is unlimited. HB 284 also reiterates Alabama's obligation under Federal law to provide medically necessary treatment for autism under the EPSDT benefit of Medicaid.

Autism Speaks estimates that the terms of coverage in HB 284 will apply to nearly 1 million Alabamians.

Vector Security® Managers and Senior Executives Build and Donate Wheelchairs to Paralyzed Veterans of America - PRNewswire

PITTSBURGH, May 23, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- In a team-building exercise that involved the assembly of wheelchairs for paralyzed U.S. veterans, Vector Security's managers and senior executives constructed travel-version wheelchairs for donation to the Keystone Chapter of the Paralyzed...

May 22, 2017

Villa de Vida Announces the Formation of Elevare Community, A New Entity Focused on Housing for Adults with Developmental Disabilities - PRNewswire

LOS ANGELES, May 22, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Villa de Vida, a non-profit organization whose mission is to build supportive housing for adults with developmental disabilities, today announced the formation of a new organization, Elevare Community, to pursue additional housing...

Healthy Ingredients Spice Up Wounded Warrior Project Cooking Class - PRNewswire

SAN DIEGO, May 22, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Carol Flynn rarely strayed from using salt and pepper, but a recent Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) cooking class empowered the Navy veteran to find healthier ways to spice her favorite dishes. "I love to cook and bake, but...

Georgia Tech Students Win Toyota and Net Impact's National Competition with App Concept for People Who Use Wheelchairs - PRNewswire

PLANO, Texas, May 22, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Earlier this year, a team of students at Georgia Tech realized that there was a critical gap in transportation services for people who use wheelchairs – and they wondered if the solution could be in the palm of their hands. Today, the...

IBA Group siegt bei Wettbewerb zu CSR und Nachhaltigkeit - PRNewswire

MINSK, Weißrussland, May 22, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Am 17. Mai hat Sustainable Business, eine führende Edition auf dem Gebiet der sozialen Unternehmensverantwortung (Corporate Social Responsibility, CSR) und nachhaltigen Entwicklung in der Gemeinschaft Unabhängiger Staaten (GUS), die...

IBA Group remporte le concours de RSE et de durabilité - PRNewswire

MINSK, Biélorussie, May 22, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Le 17 mai, Sustainable Business, une publication importante dans le domaine de la Responsabilité sociétale des entreprises (RSE ou CSR en anglais) et du développement durable dans la CEI (Communauté des États indépendants), a annoncé...

May 21, 2017

Transition A Struggle For Young Man With Autism - DisabiltyScoop
A year after graduating from a high school that grew to love him, a young man with autism is struggling to adjust to a reality of adulthood that is not as kind.
May 19, 2017

IBA Group Wins CSR and Sustainability Contest - PRNewswire

MINSK, Belarus, May 19, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- On May 17, Sustainable Business, a leading edition in the area of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and sustainable development in the CIS (Commonwealth of Independent States), announced the results of the BestinCSR contest for 2016....

National Parkinson Foundation Ohio Announces Cleveland Moving Day Is June 17 - PRNewswire

CLEVELAND, May 18, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Moving Day® is the National Parkinson Foundation Ohio Chapter's annual fundraising walk/run event. It is a fun and inspiring fundraising event that unites families, friends, and communities both large and small in the fight against Parkinson's...

Lawmakers Propose Wider Access To Community-Based Services - DisabiltyScoop
A bipartisan group of lawmakers is proposing new federal legislation that would ensure people with disabilities have access to community-based services.

Boy With Cerebral Palsy Allegedly Fed Bleach At School - DisabiltyScoop
In the second such case to hit a school for children with disabilities, the mother of a boy with cerebral palsy is suing alleging that his feeding tube was cleaned with bleach.
May 18, 2017

Wounded Warrior Project Families Find Common Ground on a Mountain - PRNewswire

CARROLL, N.H., May 18, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- On a scale of 1 to 10, Erin Larsen said a recent Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) gathering for veterans' family members in the White Mountains "was a 12." Long hikes through the snowy woods and quiet moments at a lodge helped her...

May 17, 2017

Autism At Center Of New Prime-Time TV Drama - DisabiltyScoop
ABC will introduce a prime-time drama this fall featuring a lead character on the autism spectrum.
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