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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.

UCP National Names Armando A. Contreras As The Next President & CEO - UPC
Contacts: Diane Wilush 678 313-3078 ?  Richard Forkosh 314-402-0528  ?    UCP National Names Armando A. Contreras As The Next President & CEO  (Washington, DC) – United Cerebral Palsy, Inc., (UCP) the leading national organization which advocates and promotes …
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Voya Financial Recognized by New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) at 225th Anniversary Celebration Honoring Companies Positively Impacting Society - PRNewswire

NEW YORK, May 17, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Voya Financial, Inc. (NYSE: VOYA), today participated in the NYSE's 225th anniversary opening-bell celebration, which recognized a select group of NYSE-listed companies positively impacting the world. The event was tied to the NYSE's new campaign,...

New LanguageLine iPhone App Puts More Than 8,000 Interpreters in Users' Pockets - PRNewswire

MONTEREY, Calif., May 17, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- LanguageLine Solutions® has added an iPhone application to its mobile lineup, putting the power of more than 8,000 world-class interpreters in users' pockets, the leading company in language access announced today. Ten months ago,...

Mom Designs Drone To Track Kids Who Wander - DisabiltyScoop
Concerned about keeping track of her young daughter with autism, one mom created a video camera-equipped drone designed to give parents some extra help keeping an eye on their children.
May 16, 2017

Wounded Warrior Project Family Members Empowered by Throwing Punches - PRNewswire

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., May 16, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Carrin Eyman enjoyed her bruised thigh so much she couldn't wait to show her husband, Navy veteran and former mixed martial arts fighter Jeremy Eyman. The bruise was liberating because it proved she has the mental and...

Blind Michigan Student Files Suit in Federal Court to Give Sightless Equal Chance At Becoming Lawyers - PRNewswire

DETROIT, May 16, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Nyman Turkish PC, a Southfield-based disability and litigation law firm and the Wayne State University Law School Civil Rights Clinic filed suit today in Federal Court against the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) on behalf of Angelo Binno, a...

In Treating Autism, Drugs Often Overshadow Behavior Therapy - DisabiltyScoop
Many kids with autism are taking antipsychotics without participating in behavior therapy, new research suggests, despite evidence that medication is most helpful when paired with therapy.

Teen On The Spectrum Finds Culinary Success - DisabiltyScoop
He's barely out of high school, but an 18-year-old with autism is already making his mark with a pair of signature sauces that grace a restaurant menu and are commercially bottled.

Self-Advocates Arrested At White House - DisabiltyScoop
Dozens of disability rights activists have been arrested outside the White House while calling for President Donald Trump to support community-based living.

Tuesdays with Liz: See Amazing with Liz & Leslie! - AUCD
On this week's edition of Tuesdays with Liz, Liz interviews Leslie Kimmelman. Leslie Kimmelman is the author of the first Sesame Street book about Julia, a muppet with autism, called 'We're Amazing 1, 2, 3!'

ABLEnow Featured on New Season of A&E's Born This Way - PRNewswire

RICHMOND, Va., May 16, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Fans tuning in to season 3 of A&E's Emmy award-winning docuseries Born This Way will learn about a brand new program that's helping people with disabilities achieve financial independence. The ABLEnow savings program will appear periodically...

Happy Trails: Wounded Warrior Project Joins In Bike Path Cleanup - PRNewswire

AIEA, Hawaii, May 16, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Richard Pittman and his family had just finished tossing their last bag on the trash pile when a local man sitting on a park bench nodded in approval toward the suddenly sparkling Pearl Harbor Bike Path and said the words: "Thank you."...

May 15, 2017

Leader Dogs for the Blind Announces $60K+ Donation from Purina in Celebration of the "Every Dog is a Star" Program - PRNewswire

ROCHESTER HILLS, Mich., May 15, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Leader Dogs for the Blind today announced a $61,196 donation from Purina in conjunction with the pet food maker's "Every Dog is a Star" program. In celebration of the first-ever "Beverly Hills Dog Show Presented by Purina," which...

Survey Examined Social Support in Parkinson's Disease from the Patient's Perspective - PRNewswire

KINGSTON, N.J., May 15, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Parkinson Alliance conducted its 26th survey-based research, entitled Social Support and Parkinson's Disease: The Patient's Perspective. Individuals with Parkinson's disease (PD) are confronted with debilitating symptoms,...

Wounded Warrior Project on Target Connecting Veterans at Trap Shoot - PRNewswire

HAYS, Kan., May 15, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Even when Sean Kelly missed his target during a recent trap-shooting event, he remained on point while connecting with Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) veterans. The group competed for gold, silver, and bronze coins while shooting at...

Feinstein Institute Researcher Wins Award for Autism Research - PRNewswire

MANHASSET, N.Y., May 15, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Lior Brimberg, PhD, assistant professor at Northwell Health's Feinstein Institute for Medical Research, received the Young Investigator Award from the International Society of Autism Research (INSAR) for her innovative work in...

Share Your Blessings Donates Over 750 Beamz Interactive Music Systems to Benefit Individuals with Special Needs & Disabilities - PRNewswire

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M., May 15, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Share Your Blessings Inc. (SYB), a non-profit organization (see with a mission to fund and support organizations and programs that serve & benefit individuals with special needs, has reached a milestone of...

Autism Home Support Services and Schaumburg Boomers Announce Autism Awareness Baseball Game - PRNewswire

NORTHBROOK, Ill., May 15, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Northbrook-based Autism Home Support Services (AHSS) and The Schaumburg Boomers are holding a special Autism Awareness baseball game on June 4, 2017 at 1:00 pm. The Boomers will be playing against The Windy City Thunderbolts. The game...

HOA To Pay $300K For Disability Discrimination - DisabiltyScoop
A homeowners association has agreed to pay up after barring the parents of a woman with severe disabilities from parking a motor home that they bought to transport their daughter.
May 12, 2017

Study: Autism Behaviors Often Unrelated To Speech Difficulties - DisabiltyScoop
When children with autism struggle with behavior, it's commonly attributed to speech issues or frustration associated with communication. But new research suggests that may not be the case.
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