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General Announcements February 2013 PDF E-mail
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Autism Spectrum Disorder Legislative Day will be March 5, 2013, Tuesday at the State House in Montgomery from 10:30 am to 3 pm.  If you would like to attend Legislative Day and cannot stay the entire time, No problem.  Come when you can during the Legislative Day hours. Click here to register!

Governor Bentley will sign the Governor's Proclamation proclaiming April as Autism Awareness Month in Alabama on Wednesday February 20, 2013 at the State Capitol.
The University of Alabama and Autism Society of Alabama annual Autism Conference will be March 1, 2013 at Bryant Conference Center at University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa.  The topic is Looking Towards Adulthood:  Thoughtful Planning Using Today's Interventions.
Two new ASA Network Groups were started in Birmingham!  Joy Levio started the High Functioning Autism ASA Network Support Group and can be reached at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .  Joy holds her meetings at Christ The King Lutheran Church in Riverchase.
ASA also held an initial meeting of the ASA Birmingham Network Group for the Birmingham and Shelby County ASD families.  Fifty people attended the first meeting sponsored by Prince of Peace Church in Hoover.
Several Network Groups have held social events.  Auburn/Lee County held a family skate night on Jan 27.   The Gadsden area had a Sensory Movie and Lineville enjoyed a Zoolights outing right before the New Year.  Please let us know about your Network Group gatherings and please send us photos to share.

 

 
The Riley Ward Insurance Reform Act of 2012 PDF E-mail
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The Riley Ward Autism Insurance Reform Act of 2012.

The Alabama Riley Ward Autism Insurance Reform Act of 2012 went into effect in October.  The legislation includes an offering by private insurers in Alabama to offer employers the opportunity to purchase coverage for employees' family members' ASD therapies including ABA therapy. The offering by private insurers includes coverage of Applied Behavior Analysis Behavior Therapy up to an annual maximum benefit cost of $36,000 per year for a child 9 years old and younger who has been diagnoses with ASD. The legislation coincides with a Blue Cross and Blue Shield decision to triple the amount of Speech and Occupational Therapies covered for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) for families covered by underwritten or state regulated insurance policies. Blue Cross Blue will increase coverage of Speech Therapy and Occupational Therapy (OT) to 100 covered combined sessions of Speech Therapy and Occupational Therapy annually.  The coverage will include 35 sessions of Speech Therapy, 35 sessions of Occupational Therapy and 30 sessions of Speech Therapy and/or OT. The bill does not affect BCBS coverage for children and adults older than 9 years old.  Coverage for Speech Therapy, Occupational Therapy and Behavioral Health Therapy for children older than 9 years remains the same as it was prior to this act. The ASD diagnosis is now recognized by BCBS as a covered medical condition.

 
Mobile Announcements February 2013 PDF E-mail
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The Mobile Area Autism Monthly Family Support/ Networking Group Meeting 
Thursday, February 28th
6:00-7:00pm
The LearningTree/ Woody's Song
5459 Able Court 36693
Mobile, AL
Questions or to RSVP contact Jennifer at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
 
Huntsville Announcements February 2013 PDF E-mail
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Here's what's happening in Huntsville this month:

Feb 3  2-3:30pm Making Connections Making Friends Sibling Group to meet at Mayfair
Church of Christ, 1095 Carl T. Jones Dr. Huntsville
Feb 4  6-8pm  Anna McConnell, State Autism Coordinator coming to Huntsville to speak
at Madison City Schools Special Parent Meeting, Horizon Elementary
Feb 16 3-4:30pm  Making Connections ASD Networking Group will have S. David McCurry of Brodowski and McCurry, LLC speaking on Estate Planning for Children with Special Needs
Place Faith Presbyterian Church, corner of Whitesburg & Airport Roads.
Childcare available by reservation. Contact Debbie at 256-348-3180 to make child care
reservations.
Feb TBA  Making Connections Family Outing Free Swim at the YMCA.  Date to be advised
as soon as we recieve confirmation from the YMCA.  Watch email for updates.
 
Birmingham Announcements February 2013 PDF E-mail
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Two new ASA Network Groups were started in Birmingham!  Joy Levio started the High Functioning Autism ASA Network Support Group and can be reached at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .  Joy holds her meetings at Christ The King Lutheran Church in Riverchase.
ASA also held an initial meeting of the ASA Birmingham Network Group for the Birmingham and Shelby County ASD families.  Fifty people attended the first meeting sponsored by Prince of Peace Church in Hoover.