Sunday, November 25, 2007

Autism Advocacy Updates

When I first became involved in the local parent group (for parents with children who have autism), I learned that involvement meant more than just giving and getting support. It also meant education and advocacy. I'm comfortable with the education aspect, but advocacy is a little out of my comfort zone.

The least I can do, however, is provide updates of what is going on in the autism advocacy arena. Today, I am passing on information about two different items. The first is from ASA about the FY 2008 Labor, Health and Human Services and Education appropriations bill and the second item is from the Autism Society of Michigan about their new coalition: ACTION (Autism Coalition Targeting Insurance, Options and Networking).

From Autism Society of America:

House LHHSE Veto Override Fails

The house was just two votes short of overriding President Bush's veto of the FY 2008Labor, Health and Human Services and Education appropriations bill on November 15. The failed legislation included full funding of the Combating Autism Act and would have brought in critical financial support for autism research, services and awareness

From the Autism Society of Michigan:

ACTION has been recently developed by several organizations who are joining together to make needed changes for families of individuals with autism across the state of Michigan. The first issue for the Michigan ACTION Team is work toward appropriate insurance coverage for individuals with autism. Legislation for insurance reform has been introduced by Senator Tupac Hunter (SB No. 784 and No. 785). Companion bills are going to be introduced by Representative Kathy Angerer at a press release on December 4th, with House hearings scheduled for December 13th.

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