Autism Speaks in Louisiana
Louisiana Walk Now for Autism Speaks 10.28.12 We're COUNTING on You! Sunday, October 28, 2012 Audobon Park New Orleans, LA Register Today: www.walknowforautismspeaks.org/louisiana For more information about other activities in your community please visit the Louisiana Community Calendar.
With your help we can to do even more! Whether you are interested in raising money, volunteering your time, researching local services, encouraging your politicians to support autism legislation, or just staying up to date with what is happening in the Louisisana autism community, we invite you to visit the community pages often.
Local and Online Resources:
Autism Speaks Family Services is dedicated to providing information and resources to help families manage the day-to-day challenges of living with autism. Our Autism Response Team maintains an information line to respond to individuals' requests. To reach us, call 888-AUTISM2 (888-288-4762) and speak with an Autism Response Team Coordinator; or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Families whose children have been recently diagnosed may request a complimentary 100 Day Kit personalized to your location to include a list of local resources.
Our Louisiana online resource guide provides an opportunity for families to search by zip code for a wide variety of services and contacts in their community. Please encourage your local service providers to submit their information to our online database so we can share their resources with others. Our goal is to double the number of online resources listed for Louisiana this year. Please take a moment to Submit a Service today so that Louisiana families have a central database of information to aid them in their journey.
Autism Speaks creates and provides free of charge a number of very useful guides, reference materials, and a video glossary for families navigating their journey through the world of autism. See the links listed on the right of this email to browse through our resources. It is the aim of the Autism Treatment Network to improve the medical care for children and adolescents with autism through the development of guidelines for the assessment and treatment of autism and associated disorders. Currently there are 14 Autism Treatment Network sites, including ones in Arkansas and Texas.
Families are a vital link to accelerating the pace of autism research. LSU Health Sciences Center in Shreveport is looking for families to participate in a clinical trial of an enzyme that could help manage problem behaviors in autistic children. For more information, please contact Dr. Anita Kablinger at (318) 813-2070 or toll-free at (866) 779-2546 for more information about the trial. Local News: Autism Speaks Applauds Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal for Signing Autism Insurance Reform Legislation into Law (July 16, 2008) HB 958 requires group health insurance plans and Office of Group Benefits programs to provide coverage of the diagnosis and treatment of autism spectrum disorders. The coverage is for a maximum benefit of $36,000 per year (adjusted for inflation on an annual basis) with a lifetime limit of $144,000. There is no limit on the number of visits an individual may make to an autism services provider.
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