CMCS Informational Bulletin: Clarification of Medicaid Coverage of Services to Children with Autism

This informational bulletin from the Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services, clarifies that services for children with autism should be covered under the Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnostic and Treatment services (EPSDT).


Upcoming Events

14th Annual Autism Conference: Autism - Advances in Research and Services

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Thursday, October 16, 2014 - Friday, October 17, 2014
Location: Baltimore, MD

Hosted by the Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD) at Kennedy Krieger Institute, this yearly event is the premier educational autism event in the area for educators, clinicians, families, researchers and healthcare professionals. The sessions & workshops feature high-caliber speakers and presentations by visionaries in the field.This year, the focus will be on advances made in research and services for autism spectrum disorders.

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32nd Annual Autism Conference

32nd Annual Autism Conference  Copy to Calendar

Thursday, October 23, 2014 - Friday, October 24, 2014
Location: Atlantic City, NJ

Join 1,000 families and professionals for the latest evidence-based information necessary for supporting individuals with ASD. With a focus on practical strategies for learners of all ages, participants consistently provide positive feedback on their conference experience.

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2014 AUCD Conference  Copy to Calendar

Saturday, November 8, 2014 - Wednesday, November 12, 2014
Location: Washington, DC

The 2014 AUCD Conference will be held at the Washington, DC, Renaissance Hotel.

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Past Events

The Multicultural Council Presents: Supporting Former Refugee Families with Children with Disabilities in LEND Programs  Copy to Calendar

Tuesday, August 26, 2014
3:00 PM ET - 4:00 PM ET
Location: webinar

This presentation will discuss recruitment of former refugees to the Vermont LEND. Specifics will be presented on cultural and linguistic competence professional development for faculty, staff, trainees, as well as mentorship. A Vermont LEND trainee and former refugee from Somalia will present her vision and work in the Medical Home wing as it relates to culturally responsive care coordination. Steps for advocacy and systems change will also be discussed.

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2014 CAAI Virtual Poster Symposium

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Monday, July 28, 2014 - Tuesday, July 29, 2014
3:00 PM EDT - 5:00 PM EDT
Location: webinar

CAAI grantees are cordially invited to present at and participate in our first CAAI Virtual Poster Symposium! A virtual poster symposium expands the concept of a poster presentation beyond the walls of a conference hall. This event will share a wide variety of successes CAAI grantees have experienced in the identification, assessment, diagnosis, and services to children with autism spectrum disorders and other developmental disabilities and their families.

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Act Early Forum Webinar: The Act Early Network and You: Autism CARES Act

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Thursday, July 24, 2014 - Thursday, July 24, 2014
3:30pm ET - 4:30pm ET
Location: Webinar

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<br>45th Autism Society National Conference and Exposition

45th Autism Society National Conference and Exposition
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Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - Saturday, July 26, 2014
Location: Indianapolis, Indiana

Connect with Autism: Learn and Earn CEUs, Network with over 1000 advocates, individuals with ASD, providers and professionals!

This is one of the largest autism conferences in the United States with over 1,000 attendees close to 100 exhibitors and 100 speakers. Earn CEUs and network with professionals, service providers, and individuals on the autism spectrum and their families. See conference schedule here and register today!

Follow us on social media to receive updates and special content leading up to and during the conference by following hashtag #connect2autism!

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2014 CAAI Virtual Series

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Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Location: online

This year, CAAI grantees have an opportunity to share their successes and discuss topics of mutual interest in a virtual environment. Activities will begin during Autism Awareness Month (April) and will end with an interactive poster symposium in late July.

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  • Webinar: Autism Spectrum Disorder and Children Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing
    AUCD webinar - February 2014

    Funded through the Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB), the LEND Pediatric Audiology Training Program supports 10 LEND programs to increase the didactic content and clinical experience of trainees in pediatric audiology. This webinar used a combination of information from the literature, retrospective chart review of children with a dual diagnosis and feedback from family and professional focus groups to assist the learner in understanding the unique needs of children who are deaf/hard of hearing with an autism spectrum disorder. Red Flags for atypical communication were presented as well as information about the needs related to communication, functional skills, and integrated care models.

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder in Children who are Deaf/Hard of Hearing
    The 2014 LEND Pediatric Audiology Pre-EHDI Workshop

    Join us for this interactive workshop designed to encourage active learning and case-based discussions. Participants will learn about issues and challenges surrounding hearing loss and autism spectrum disorder while learning about strategies currently used by LEND programs. At the workshop, participants will be placed in large and small group settings and will be encouraged to share personal examples while learning best practices used by other LEND programs.



The Interdisciplinary Technical Assistance Center on Autism and Developmental Disabilities (ITAC) provides technical assistance to LENDs and DBPs to better train professionals to utilize valid and reliable screening tools to diagnose or rule out and provide evidence-based interventions for children with ASD and other developmental disabilities. The ITAC website contains news, resources, and information tailored for LENDs and DPBs as well as the medical and public health communities and families of children with ASD/DD. ITAC and its projects were designed in collaboration with federal staff, program directors, and families of children with autism spectrum disorders and other developmental disabilities.