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US Autism & Asperger Association
June 28, 2012

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supreme courtAffordable Care Act Remains Intact for Thousands Affected by Autism

The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday, June 28, 2012, upheld the Affordable Care Act (ACA). In a statement released by Easter Seals, a leading non-profit provider of services for individuals with autism, developmental disabilities, physical disabilities and other special needs, "The Court’s ruling ensures the continuation of the law’s policies that protect access to private health insurance for children with pre-existing conditions and young adult dependent children up to the age of 26, bar lifetime health insurance caps, and leaves in place the essential policies that will take effect in 2014. Easter Seals believes access to appropriate and high quality health care services is essential for people with disabilities to live, learn, work and play in their communities. Simply put, the ACA is critical to millions of families living with disabilities."

"Thanks to the ACA, millions of parents of children with disabilities are breathing a huge sigh of relief knowing their children will not be dropped from their insurance,"...
-James E. Williams, Jr., Easter Seals

"Thanks to the ACA, millions of parents of children with disabilities are breathing a huge sigh of relief knowing their children will not be dropped from their insurance," says James E. Williams, Jr., president and chief executive officer, Easter Seals. "Prior to the ACA, our families whose children became uninsured had no choice but to impoverish themselves in order to access Medicaid."

"But more has to be accomplished in order to provide all medical, behavioral, and developmental services for individuals affected by autism, Asperger's Syndrome and PDD-NOS.
-US Autism & Asperger Association

USAAA agrees with Easter Seals. But more has to be accomplished in order to provide all medical, behavioral, and developmental services for individuals affected by autism, Asperger's Syndrome and PDD-NOS. Even with the current insurance enacted in some U.S. states, many individuals with autism, Asperger's Syndrome and PDD-NOS are denied coverage.

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Early Bird Registration ends July 15th for the USAAA 2012 Conference - Register Now!

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The USAAA Conference Experience is for parents, caregivers, family members, healthcare practitioners, self-advocates, students, educators, friends and anyone who wants to learn more about Autism, Asperger's, and PDD-NOS Research, Treatment Modalities, Resources, and Avenues for Advocacy.

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The US Autism & Asperger Association 7th Annual World Conference & Expo headquarters are at the Crowne Plaza International Airport Hotel and Convention Center in Denver, Colorado, September 6-9, 2012. This is the first time USAAA has returned to the Denver area since the 2nd annual conference in 2007 where over 800 people attended. Hotel Reservations.

The USAAA Conference Experience is for parents, caregivers, family members, healthcare practitioners, self-advocates, students, educators, friends and anyone who wants to learn more about Autism, Asperger's, and PDD-NOS Research, Treatment Modalities, Resources, and Avenues for Advocacy.

Featuring World Premiere Presentations:

  • Emergencies, Surgeries, and Anesthesia: Inside the Hospital From ER to Overnight Stays
  • Functional Imaging of the Brain: You'll Never See Autism the Same Way Again
  • An Exclusive Special "One on One" with Temple Grandin
  • New Discoveries in the Underlying Pathobiology of Autism
  • Autism: The Whole Picture is Bigger Than Any One Part
  • Multi-Disciplinary Approach to Autism and Asperger Interventions in the Schools
  • Multi-Disciplinary Approach to Autism and Asperger Interventions in the Community
  • Grateful for the Diagnosis of Asperger's Syndrome; It Explained Everything
  • Behavioral Issues and New Approaches with ASD
  • A New Look at Prioritizing Interventions and Therapies
  • Building Relationships, Marriage, and Family in the Context of Autism Panel
  • DSM-5: Its Impact and Scope, Unveiling New Information
  • Advocacy and Combating Bullying Panel
  • Social Networking: 10 Lessons Learned from 25,000 Parents
  • Multimedia Social Skills Program for Children with Asperger's Syndrome (International Presentation)

CONTINUING EDUCATION is offered throughout the entire conference for all professionals. Check with your state or national associations to ensure CEUs are accepted by your organization. Attendees may register to receive a Certificate of Attendance (COA), CEU certificate, CEC certificate, CPEU certificate or a CME certificate that is applicable to the corresponding association:

Other Presentations Include:

  • Brain Plasticity and Executive Functioning
  • Vision: The Effects on Balance, Vestibular, Movement and Cognitive Function
  • Visual Social Thinking Strategies
  • Autism subtypes and the severity of neurological problems
  • Beneficial Interventions and Critical Health Challenges During the Lifespan
  • Engaging the individual with autism
  • Epigenetic Expression, RORA
  • Seizures and Mitochondrial Disorders
  • The Continuums of Autism: Cognition, Sensory Processing and Behavior
  • Strength and Interest-Based Learning: Turning Obstacles Into Opportunities
  • Nutrition and Cooking: Guidance for Beginners and Beyond
  • A Neuroplasticity-based Intervention for Home & Clinic
  • Autism 101
  • Fathers of Children with ASD Panel
  • Holistic Medicine: Effective Treatment with a Focus on Nutrition
  • Adults - Ongoing Services Throughout The Lifespan
  • A Journey of Pain, Suffering, Struggles, and Hope
  • Effects of Toxic Drugs and Chemicals on the Incidence and Severity of Autism
  • Assessing & Teaching Functional Living Skills of All Ages Using The AFLS™
  • Auditory Hypersensitivity and ASD: A Treatable Condition
  • Oral Health Care for the Dental Patient with Autism

And don't miss The Doctors and Researchers Q&A Panel Discussion on Friday, September 7. The panelists presenting in this workshop review cutting edge interventions and treatments as well as the latest research and discuss the most frequently asked questions associated with medicine, interventions, and research. The discussion will include the entire lifespan of the individual and transitioning into adulthood. And much more.

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Pre-registration is highly recommended to ensure your space.

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"The greatest gift we received yet was attending the four-day USAAA conference last year. There I met my heroes and found mentors that gave me hope and expanded my paradigm."
- Sara McCarter, Mom to Magnus "the great"

"I have been attending medical conferences for over twenty-five years. My grandson is affected by autism, so I wanted to learn more about autism spectrum disorders as well as claim continuing medical education credits for my practice. The USAAA conference is the most organized and thorough conference I have ever attended, including all of the medical conferences I attended in the past."

- Dr. Robert B., physician whoattended first USAAA conference

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