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10/30/2018

LTSS as it relates to Medical Expense Deduction

by National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys

If Congress ends the Medical Expense Deduction, many Americans paying for Long-Term Services and Supports (LTSS) costs will not be able to pay for both LTSS and federal income tax at the same time. Raising the standard deduction and lowering rates will not address the issue. Why? Because many chronically ill Americans will pay all of their income towards care, and without the Medical Expense Deduction they could still have a tax liability that they cannot afford to pay.

 
 

5/27/2018

2016 Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps JD Program (MD UCEDD/LEND)

Brian Paxton, a rising third-year law student at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law, was accepted into the 2016 Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps JD Program, to work 300 hours with Project HEAL (Health, Education, Advocacy, and Law) at Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore, MD.

 
 

4/26/2018

2018 AUCD Board Elections: Seeking Members for Nominating Committee

Deadline: May 11, 2018
 
 

4/26/2018

CDC Releases New Key Findings on Autism Spectrum Disorder

For more than two decades, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has been tracking the prevalence and characteristics of children with autism spectrum disorder, or ASD, through a multi-state tracking system focused on school-aged children. Data from the CDC's Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring (ADDM)* Network help us understand more about the number of children with ASD, the characteristics of those children, and the age at which they are first evaluated and diagnosed.

 
 

4/26/2018

Civil Rights Principles for the Reauthorization of the Higher Education Act of 1965

AUCD joins 50 organizations in support

For children and adults with disabilities and their families, the Higher Education Act is of critical importance. AUCD has joined nearly 50 other organizations in signing onto civil rights principles that we believe must be included in the upcoming reauthorization of that law. The Higher Education Act creates opportunities for higher education for students with intellectual disability through its creation of the Transition and Postsecondary Programs for Students with Disabilities (TPSIDs).

 
 

4/26/2018

Deconstructing Autism: from unitary syndrome to contributory developmental endophenotypes

A recent generation of family studies has revealed that autism can be predicted from an array of neurobehavioral susceptibilities that are appreciable before the syndrome is diagnosed, and that each may be traceable to partially-independent sets of genetic variation. Some of these liabilities are not necessarily specific to ASD-those that are non-specific could account for a significant share of the �missing heritability' of autism, would (by definition) contribute to pleiotropy, and relate to so-called �co-morbidities', which are inappropriately named if they actually contribute to (or exacerbate) the severity of autism itself.

 
 

4/25/2018

Disparities in Diagnosis and Treatment of Autism in Latino and Non-Latino White Families

This study comparee barriers to autism spectrum disorder (ASD) diagnosis and current ASD-related service use among non-Latino white (NLW) families and Latino families with English proficiency (L-EP) or limited English proficiency (L-LEP).

 
 

4/23/2018

Disability Policy News In Brief

AUCD, Disability Policy News In Brief, every MondayRescission package; Autism Cares; Food Security; Higher Ed Reauthorization; Disability Policy Seminar; and more

 
 

4/23/2018

Training parents of youth with autism spectrum disorders to advocate for adult disability services: Results from a pilot randomized controlled trial

Training parents of youth with autism spectrum disorders to advocate for adult disability services: Results from a pilot randomized controlled trial. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders.

 
 

4/20/2018

Autism CARES Webinar Series: Call for Presenters

In the coming months, ITAC and SPHARC (with support from HRSA-MCHB and a planning committee of Autism CARES grantees) will host a three-part webinar series; the theme is: "Autism in the Context of Ableism: Culture, Identity, and Quality of Life." The committee is currently seeking input for a solution-focused panel of grantees (and representatives from outside organizations) who can share best practices, innovative approaches, and lessons learned with respect to addressing ableism across contexts.

 
 

4/20/2018

Changes in Intrinsic Local Connectivity After Reading Intervention in Children with Autism

Most of the existing behavioral and cognitive intervention programs in autism spectrum disorders (ASD) have not been tested at the neurobiological level, thus falling short of finding quantifiable neurobiological changes underlying behavioral improvement.

 
 

4/20/2018

Changes in Intrinsic Local Connectivity After Reading Intervention in Children with Autism

Most of the existing behavioral and cognitive intervention programs in autism spectrum disorders (ASD) have not been tested at the neurobiological level, thus falling short of finding quantifiable neurobiological changes underlying behavioral improvement.

 
 

4/20/2018

Review of Autism Screeners for Very Young Children with or at Risk for Autism Spectrum Disorders

Screening for autism spectrum disorders (ASD) at 18 and 24 months has been a standard American Academy of Pediatrics recommendation since 2007. However, research over the last two decades about the early emergence of autism symptoms has prompted a number of researchers and clinicians to create screening instruments and strategies for earlier ages.

 
 

4/19/2018

2018 Congressional Autism Caucus

Learn about the members of the Autism Caucus, which was founded by Representatives Mike Doyle (PA) and Chris Smith (NJ) who also Co-Chair the Coalition for Autism Research and Education ("CARE" or "Autism Caucus"), the first-ever Congressional Membership Organization dedicated to autism advocacy on Capitol Hill.

 
 

4/19/2018

AIR-B Network Activities

The Autism Intervention Research Network for Behavioral Health (AIR-B) provides a free annual community conference to increase awareness of autism services, current research, and evidence-based interventions in the local regions of each of its network partners: University of Pennsylvania, UC Davis MIND Institute, University of Rochester, and University of California, Los Angeles. Experts in the network share their expertise and invite other prominent autism advocates to discuss topics ranging from non-clinical based autism interventions, to parent advocacy, to school-based transition supports for students with autism.

 
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