Iraqi government fails to address rise in autism

Iraq – Al-Monitor reports that doctors have ‘limited capabilities when it comes to diagnosing autism or treating it properly.’ Dr. Khaldoun Hamid al-Hafiz, who is a pediatrician specialising in treating neurological disorders including autism said that this is an unfortunate reality and he’s currently trying to support efforts of local community centres in Baghdad that […]

New York State under Governor Cumo establishes new licences for ABA providers

Albany, NY – Governor Cuomo signed into law on Friday, a bill to establish a new state license for providers of applied behavior analysis (ABA) services to individuals with autism spectrum disorder. Applied behavioral analysis is described as intensive, often one-on-one treatment method and often lacks standardization of training around the country. The new law […]

Duplication of federal funding for autism research more than 1 billion dollars

Autism committee receives dubious award for fiscal irresponsibility. Each week The Washington Times awards the “Golden Hammer” to those that display the highest examples of fiscal redundancy, waste and abuse. The distinction this week gos to the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee and the agencies involved for unnecessary duplication. The Washington Times reports that between 2008 […]

Illinois state panel wants to add autism, pain, PTSD to medical marijuana list

Springfield, Ill. — A state panel in Illinois recommended that patients with conditions such as autism, post-traumatic stress disorder, osteoarthritis, irritable bowel syndrome, and pain conditions be allowed to take medicinal marijuana. The Illinois Medical Cannabis Advisory board voted to add to the state’s existing list of ailments that may qualify patients to medicinal marijuana […]

Israeli Defense Forces’ “Watching the Horizon” continues to help individuals with autism

Tel Aviv — Roim Rachok, or “Watching the Horizon“, is the first-ever program for individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) that teaches decoding and interpreting satellite images. Individuals with autism are often very keen on details and have no problems following routines, and this is why the Israeli Defense Force (IDF) saw the job of […]

Nebraska should pay for treatments needed by children with ASD, says judge

Lancaster County, Neb. — A Lancaster County judge ruled Tuesday that the state of Nebraska must pay for the treatments needed by children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) who are Medicaid-eligible. District Judge John Colborn decided in his 19-page order that the Nebraskan Department of Health and Human Services violated federal law through a policy […]

Ohio congress bans abortion of unborn babies diagnosed with Down syndrome

Columbus, Ohio — The Ohio House Committee on Community and Family Advancement voted in favor of a bill that bans abortion of unborn babies diagnosed with Down syndrome. The Ohio state legislative committee voted 9-3, with bipartisan support, in favor of the bill making the state the second in the U.S. to make abortion of […]

Canadian Supreme Court rules medical marijuana legal in all forms

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada — The Canadian Supreme Court ruled Thursday that medicinal marijuana is legal in all its forms, overturning a provision in the country’s law that only allowed patients to use the substance in its dried form. According to Canada’s highest court, the provision that obstructs the patients’ access to other forms of medicinal […]

Over 1000 schools in NY to be equipped with door alarms under “Avonte’s Law “

New York, NY – A new bill that will require over 1000 public schools throughout New York State to install door alarm systems in order to protect special needs students has been passed. The legislation, named Avonte’s Law, was initially introduced by both city council member Robert Cornegy Jr. and Dany Dromm, a chair of the […]

Virginia Governor wants change as state has highest record of students referred to police and court

Richmond, Va. — Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe wants changes in policies in the state after it was found that Virginia has the most number of students being referred to police and courts than all other states in the U.S. Gov. McAuliffe has ordered his cabinet members to identify the root cause of the problem, and […]