Autism Speaks Hails Landmark Federal Decision Calling Key Autism Therapy a ‘Medical’ Service Eligible for Insurance

Autism Speaks Hails Landmark Federal Decision Calling Key Autism Therapy a ‘Medical’ Service Eligible for Insurance, Autism Votes, An Autism Speaks™ Initiative, May 30, 2012

Behavior Analyst Certification Board® (BACB)

The BACB is a non-profit corporation “established to meet professional credentialing needs identified by behavior analysts, governments, and consumers of behavior analysis services,” with a global mission to “We protect consumers of behavior analysis services worldwide by systematically establishing, promoting, and disseminating professional standards.”

Indiana Resource Center for Autism (IRCA)

The IRCA “conducts training, consultations, engages in research, and disseminates information to build local community capacity to support children and adults on the autism spectrum.” Website resources include articles, visual supports, workshop and event listings, and services available in the state.

Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI)

This global association for behavior analysis professionals focuses on the “philosophy, science, application and teaching of behavior analysis” and promotes awareness of its field. ABAI also sets accreditation standards for educational programs.

Autism Society of Indiana (ASI)

The ASI vision is to be “a leading resource in Indiana for connecting people who live with autism, and those who care about them, with resources, support, advocacy and information tailored to their unique needs. ASI strives to create communities throughout the state in which people on the autism spectrum and their families are empowered, supported and fully embraced by their community.”

Insurance Advocacy Resource Center (IARC)

The Arc Insurance Advocacy Resource Center (IARC) helps “families of a loved one with a developmental disability navigate their private insurance policies and increase knowledge of basic health insurance issues, including the Affordable Care Act,” with a commitment to “all people with intellectual and developmental disabilities realizing their goals of learning, living, working and fully participating in the community.”

About Special Kids (ASK)

ASK is an Indiana-based parent-to-parent organization that works throughout the state to “give support, answer questions and provide information and resources” to families with special-needs children. Their staff parent liaisons, who are parents of special needs children and extensively trained, help families “anticipate child and family needs, identify appropriate resources, and access community systems to help them meet the needs of their children.”

Autism Research Institute (ARI)

The Institute offers extensive online resources, including videos, webinars, assessment tools and other educational references. The ARI is focused on extensive research, continuing medical education, online learning, domestic and global outreach, and an adult program called the Autistic Global Initiative that provides online training and other assistance for sustaining daily living and employment.