New Legislation Would Increase ABA Therapy For Military Families

I read an interesting article regarding a possible increase in Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) therapy for military families.  Military families covered under TriCare health insurance are currently capped at 13 hours of therapy per week.  Unfortunately, this is well below the number of hours most practitioners or behavioral therapists recommend.  I am not surprised at this current limit as I have seen some families that have been denied ABA therapy due to health insurance coverage.  It is hopeful to see legislators starting to take notice and take action.  Please see the full article is disability scoop.

Autism Legislation

Massachusetts Advocates for Children posted an interesting summary of the Massachusetts legislative priorities for Autism Commission related bills.  One is particularly interesting in that it would require the Board of Education to provide a mechanism for Special Education teachers to receive an Autism Endorsement.  The endorsement will address the specific competencies needed for teachers to address the complex and unique needs of students with autism.  If passed, starting in 2016, IEP Teams for students with autism would include a teacher with an Autism Endorsement to ensure that the school can fully address the complex communication, behavioral, sensory, social, and academics needs of youth in the least restrictive environment.

To see a summary of the Bill, click here for the Massachusetts Advocates for Children website.