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Recently Released Data from the National Survey of Children's Health Reports That Autism Now Affects 1% of Children and is More Common Than Children's Cancer, Diabetes, and AIDS Combined.

The Autism Research Institute mobilizes international experts in the effort to hold back this devastating disorder, and to discover effective treatments and prevention strategies. ATLANTA, Aug. 3 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The National Children's Health Survey recently released ...

Judge Sues Blue Cross for Autism Treatment

DETROIT, July 30 /PRNewswire/ -- An Oakland County Circuit Court Judge filed a lawsuit today against Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan. In her suit, Judge Cheryl Matthews alleges that Blue Cross wrongfully refused to cover the costs associated with the applied behavioral therapy provided to ...

Fourth Annual Capitol Classic Bike Race for Autism Awareness

MINNEAPOLIS and ST. PAUL, Minn., July 22 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following was released today by Fraser: What: Capitol Classic: A Bicycle Ride and Race for Autism Awareness The Fourth Annual Capitol Classic Charity Bicycle event taking place on the streets su...

CVS Caremark Charitable Trust Invests $300,000 in Easter Seals' Autism Services for Young Children

Grant expands evidence-based therapies for children with autism Chicago (Vocus) - The CVS Caremark Charitable Trust announced a $300,000 grant to Easter Seals to advance evidence-based autism services for young children nationwide. The grant, made possible through the...

May Institute, National Autism Center, and Automoblox Launch 'Cars for Classrooms' Summer Charitable Campaign to Benefit Children with Autism

Award-winning car toys offer schools innovative teaching tool for children with autism RANDOLPH, Mass., July 20 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- May Institute, the National Autism Center, and Automoblox are proud to announce the launch of "Cars for Classrooms," a unique summer chari...

Parents of Children With Autism Report High Stress Levels

Behavior problems, not additional caretaking, seem to cause the distress FRIDAY, July 17 (HealthDay News) -- Anyone who has tried to quell a 3-year-old's temper tantrum knows that dealing with small children can be stressful, but add an autism spectrum disorder to the mix and the like...

MedicAlert Foundation and Autism Society Launch New Program to Safeguard Individuals and Families Living With Autism

The Safe and Sound(R) Safety Management and the MedicAlert(R) Emergency Response programs are working together to help emergency responders better serve the autism community TURLOCK, Calif., July 14( )/PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- MedicAlert Foundation International, the leader...

Mothers of children with autism have higher parental stress, psychological distress

Ask any mother and she'll tell you that raising a preschooler is no easy task. Now imagine what it must be like to bring up a child with autism or a developmental delay. Researchers at the University of Washington's Autism Center asked mothers about their experiences and found that moms of ch...

New study pinpoints difference in the way children with autism learn new behaviors

Researchers from the Kennedy Krieger Institute and Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine have collaborated to uncover important new insights into the neurological basis of autism. Their new study, published in the journal Nature Neuroscience , examined patterns of movement as children with ...

Children with autism need to be taught in smaller groups, pilot study confirms

NEW YORK, July 1, 2009 Since the 1970s, there has been much debate surrounding the fact that individuals with autism have difficulty in understanding speech in situations where there is background speech or noise. Today, at the annual meeting of the International Multisensory Research Forum (J...

Schwarzenegger Administration Sued for Allowing Health Insurance Companies to Deny Autism Care

SANTA MONICA, Calif., July 1 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The mother of an autistic child joined Consumer Watchdog and its attorneys today to announce a lawsuit against the California Department of Managed Health Care ("DMHC"), the Schwarzenegger Administration agency responsible for regulating many...

National Autism Association Teams Up With 12 Organizations to End Abusive Restraint and Seclusion in Schools

NIXA, Mo., June 26 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The National Autism Association (NAA) along with 12 other organizations launched a campaign this week to spur letter writing and raise awareness about dangerous restraint and seclusion practices in schools. The initiative comes on the heels of the May...

Judson Center Celebrates Grand Opening of its New Autism Center

New Autism Center offers more services to autistic community with the help of donors ROYAL OAK, Mich., June 23 /PRNewswire/ -- Judson Center ( www.judsoncenter.org ), a comprehensive nonprofit community resource that creates solutions to improve the lives of individuals and families, today ...

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Concludes Autism Lawsuit with Settlement Focused on Families Who Received Early Intervention Services, Not Attorneys

DETROIT, June 19 /PRNewswire/ -- One month after announcing that it would voluntarily offer its customer groups the ability to purchase coverage for intensive early intervention treatment for autism beginning July 1, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan said today it has concluded a lawsuit involvin...

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Forced to Pay for Autism Care In Landmark Case

DETROIT, June 19 /PRNewswire/ -- The family of an autistic child filed a motion in federal court today to confirm settlement of a class action against Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan. The family alleged in the suit that the insurer wrongfully refused to cover behavioral therapy for children wi...

National Autism Association's Family First Program Now Providing Free Tools to Help Combat Autism Divorce Rates

NIXA, Mo., June 16 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The National Autism Association (NAA) announced today it will provide relationship-coaching tools at no charge to qualifying couples who have a child with autism. In response to the rise in divorce within the autism community, the NAA's Family Fi...

Wellspring Coordinates With CA Health Insurance Plans to Pay for Autism Treatments

LOS ANGELES, May 27 /PRNewswire/ -- Autism is a neurobiological condition which is often responsive to Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy, yet some health insurance companies, especially HMOs, fail to cover this service as a covered benefit to their members. Wellspring, a leader in autism tre...

Gene Gives Clues to Why Autism More Common in Boys

Family study sheds more light on mysterious condition WEDNESDAY, May 20 (HealthDay News) -- A new gene variant that may increase the risk of autism, particularly in boys, has been identified by U.S. researchers. Analysis of the DNA of 1,046 members of families with at least two sons...

National Autism Association Provides Funds to Law Enforcement Agencies in Staunton, Virginia and Summit County, Utah for Project Lifesaver Equipment

RALEIGH-DURHAM, N.C., May 18 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The National Autism Association (NAA) announced today it has awarded grants to two more law enforcement agencies for Project Lifesaver Equipment through the organization's FOUND Program. Staunton, Virginia Police Department and Summit Cou...

Education Series Offered For Parents Of Children Diagnosed With An Autism Spectrum Disorder

Enrollment under way for individual sessions or 14-week series starting May 14 PALO ALTO, Calif., May 12 /PRNewswire/ -- The Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD) at Packard Children's Hospital is offering a new 14-part educational series for parents of young children and adolescent...

Blue Cross Reverses Position on Autism After Federal Court Litigation Intensifies

DETROIT, May 11 /PRNewswire/ -- In federal court litigation, Johns v Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, Case no. 08-cv-12272, Plaintiff Christopher Johns contends that Blue Cross illegally denied behavioral therapy to his autistic son, even though it was covered by his insurance policy. Plaintiff...

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Plans to Offer Customer Groups Ability to Purchase Coverage of Autism Treatment Programs that Provide Intensive Early Intervention

DETROIT, May 11 /PRNewswire/ --Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan today announced it plans to offer its customer groups the ability to purchase coverage for autism treatment programs that provide intensive early intervention. The new benefit option covers children aged two to five years old who ...

Steinberg Announces Senate Select Committee on Autism and Related Disorders

SACRAMENTO, Calif., April 30 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Senate President pro Tem Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento) today announced the establishment of the Senate Select Committee on Autism (ASD) & Related Disorders which will build on the trailblazing work and important contributions of the th...

World's largest DNA scan for autism uncovers new gene variant for disorder

UCLA scientists, in partnership with 30 research institutions across the country, have identified a new gene variant that is highly common in autistic children. And when researchers scrutinized the activity of the gene, known as CDH10, in the fetal brain, they discovered that it is most active in ...

Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare Unveils Regional Autism Centers

HARRISBURG, Pa., April 20 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Responding to the needs of the growing number of Pennsylvanians living with an autism spectrum disorder, Secretary of Public Welfare Estelle B. Richman today unveiled three new regional autism centers geared toward improving access to services, ...

Photos: Questions About Autism? The Brooklyn Autism Center Academy Can Help.

BROOKLYN, N.Y., April 20 /PRNewswire/ -- The Brooklyn Autism Center (BAC) is a not-for-profit, 501(c3) school serving children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. The program was founded by parents, educators and community activists who are determined to provide high quality, effective educational s...

Autism Science Foundation Launches Operations; New Advocacy Group Will Focus on Non-vaccine-related Autism Research

The Autism Science Foundation, a new nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting and funding autism research, launched its operations today, debuting its web site ( www.autismsciencefoundation.org ) and kicking off its "First 100 Days" fundraising drive. ASF's mission is to support a...

April is National Autism Awareness Month: LoJack Hosts Educational Podcast Featuring Panel of Experts Addressing Autism Issues

WESTWOOD, Mass., April 14 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- What: In recognition of April as National Autism Awareness Month, LoJack Corporation (Nasdaq: LOJN ) hosted an educational podcast discussion (download at: http://www.lojack.com/knowledge/Documents/AutismAwarenessMonth.mp3 ) that p...

The Help Group Launches Multifaceted Autism Awareness Campaign

Corporate and Governmental Community members join The Help Group's Statewide efforts to educate the public SHERMAN OAKS, Calif., April 13 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Help Group, the nation's largest and most comprehensive nonprofit of its kind serving children with autism and other specia...

Metro Parent's Second Annual 'Living With Autism Workshop' Features Local Experts Who Are Intimately Involved in Improving the Lives of These Special Children

DETROIT, April 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Metro Parent Publishing Group and Henry Ford Health System are proud to announce the second annual "Living with Autism Workshop" on April 16, 2009 at the Ramada Plaza, Troy. The event is designed to educate and empower locals about autism spectrum disorder and d...

Video: The Advertising Council and Autism Speaks Launch New PSAs to Raise Awareness of Autism

NEW YORK, April 13 /PRNewswire/ -- The Advertising Council, in partnership with Autism Speaks, announced today the launch of a new series of public service advertisements (PSAs) featuring professional golfer Ernie Els, and his six year old son, Ben, designed to raise awareness about autism and...

Songs Give Back for Autism Awareness Month

ACTOR AND MUSICIAN JACK BLACK DEBUTS NEW SONG IN VIDEO FOR AUTISM PROJECT PRODUCED BY LEGENDARY STEPHEN STILLS CHILD STAR WYATT ISAACS SINGS SONG HARMONIZING WITH HUMANITY ANNOUNCES NEW COMPANY AT A PRESS CONFERENCE TO SUPPORT IMPORTANT CAUSES ON SATURDAY, APRIL 11, 2009 LOS ANGELE...

Uncovering the Secrets of Getting California Health Insurance to Pay for Autism Treatments

LOS ANGELES, April 9 /PRNewswire/ -- Autism is a neurobiological condition which is often responsive to Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy, yet most health insurance companies fail to provide this medically necessary service to their members. For the past 7 years, AB 88, known as the Mental H...

Ask.com Supports Autism Speaks with Innovative Donation Program

Ask Donates When Consumers Use Themed Skin Designs OAKLAND, Calif., April 9 /PRNewswire/ -- Ask.com, a leading search engine and operating business of IAC (Nasdaq: IACI ), today announced a charitable initiative to raise awareness and funds for Autism Speaks, the world's largest autism scie...

Kyle's Treehouse Launches Autism151.com for Autism Awareness Month

150 Stories. One community of hope. PHILADELPHIA, April 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Kyle's Treehouse -- an online resource for families living with autism, announces their new initiative for Autism Awareness Month: Autism151, 150 stories of hope, strength and inspiration. Autism151 focuses on t...

Alarming Rise in Autism Brings Hundreds of Parents, Researchers and Clinicians Together from Around the World to Atlanta April 17-19, 2009

The Autism Research Institute states that many of those diagnosed with autism have underlying medical disorders that when appropriately diagnosed and treated may result in marked improvement ATLANTA, April 6 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A child is diagnosed with autism every 20 seconds in the U...

Interactive Autism Network opens its doors to adults with autism

The Kennedy Krieger Institute will commemorate the two-year anniversary of the Interactive Autism Network (IAN), www.IANProject.org , with the much-anticipated launch of its research initiative for adults and the unveiling of a more user-friendly, easily navigated online community. Launched in Ap...

Safeway Slated to Top $100 Million Contribution Mark to Easter Seals and Families Living with Autism and Other Disabilities with Launch of Fundraising Campaign

April campaign notes Autism Awareness Month and offers a challenge to businesses Chicago, IL (PRWEB) April 2, 2009 -- Today, executives from Safeway (NYSE:SWY), Easter Seals and Special Olympics launched the grocery retailer's annual fundraising campaign for people ...

Safeway Slated to Top $100 Million Contribution Mark to Easter Seals and Families Living with Autism and Other Disabilities with Launch of Fundraising Campaign

April campaign notes Autism Awareness Month and offers a challenge to businesses CHICAGO, April 2 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today, executives from Safeway (NYSE: SWY ), Easter Seals and Special Olympics launched the grocery retailer's annual fundraising campaign for people with d...

California Association of Health Plans Recognizes World Autism Awareness Day by Highlighting Medical Services Plans Provide

SACRAMENTO, Calif., April 2 /PRNewswire/ -- The California Association of Health Plans (CAHP) is joining other organizations today in recognizing World Autism Awareness Day by increasing awareness about the wide array of health care services its members provide for autism. "California health ...
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