Friday, May 29, 2009
This training provides a great introduction to the services that are available in the state and also how to get them!
Where: Partners for Inclusive Communities
2001 Pershing Circle, Suite 300
North Little Rock, AR 72114
* Chapter Business: We will discuss briefly our short and long-term goals for the group and provide information on opportunities for you to become more involved. Please bring and share any ideas you have for future speakers, events and meeting dates/times.
* Speaker: Jodi Eaton, a certified occupational therapist from Easter Seals, will present on the topic of sensory integration. She will provide a theoretical background on suspected causes of sensory integration dysfunction, therapeutic interventions used to treat the disorder, and practical activities that parents can use to help their child at home.
* Social: Time for socializing and support will be available after the speaker. Refreshments and door prizes (including a season pass to Wild River Country!) will be provided. Childcare not provided, but children are welcome to attend meeting with parents.
For more information about the meeting, please contact our current Arkansas NAA president, Cindy Fong, firstname.lastname@example.org, 803-0166 (home) or 952-6508 (cell).
Thursday, May 21, 2009
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
(Springdale, AR) -- Arkansas state lawmakers encountered a roadblock for autism insurance coverage. Lawmakers and insurance companies were unable to agree on a state mandate to force companies offer insurance companies to offer coverage for children with autism.
Insurance Industry members believe government health mandates would be ineffective in solving the autism problem.
Legislators stated mandatory coverage could reduce autism expenses to $3.6 billion instead of the $7 billion it is currently at. Lawmakers plan to bring the discussion up again during the 2010 regular session.
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Tuesday, May 5, 2009
Lawmakers Question Autism Coverage
Last updated Tuesday, May 5, 2009 1:47 PM CDT in News
By THE MORNING NEWS
SPRINGDALE — Failure to require health insurance to cover autism was a major disappointment of the last legislative session, lawmakers participating in a forum said Tuesday.
Insurance industry witnesses at the legislative session were very good, "but their testimony is heartless. That is a strong word, but I really mean it," Rep. Uvalde Lindsey, D-Fayetteville, told at least 80 people attending the Arkansas Kids Count Coalition post-legislative conference.
Failure to pass the autism bill was the session's biggest disappointment for him, said Rep. Les Carnine, R-Rogers. Rep. Lindsley Smith, D-Fayetteville, said she believes there could be a legal case made against lack of coverage on the issue. Smith is an attorney.