Of Immediate Interest:
A Most Worthy Candidate for Judge
Our good friend Tom Swan is running for District Judge. He has long been involved with autism causes and currently is working with us on what has to be one of the most important projects we have ever undertaken – namely, a statewide training program for probation officers, lawyers and judges at all levels who encounter young people with autism in our juvenile justice system.
Autism, and developmental disabilities across the board, need judges with the depth, sensitivity and knowledgeability, like Tom Swan, to ensure that our young people with autism – whether they be witnesses, victims or perpetrators – are dealt with by practitioners in the system with requisite patience and understanding.
Individuals like Tom Swan on the bench will benefit us all!
A Candidate Worthy of Support
As the father of four Gateway graduates all doing well - including my 57 year old autistic son Edward – I’ve been privileged to know and experience many excellent elected officials in this town. A standout this year, I feel, is Mary Beth Cirucci, a candidate for the Gateway school board.
Ms. Cirucci took the time to visit my office and talk to our staff about her intention to continue to work to improve the quality of education for all students in our school – and not just those at the top or bottom of the academic spectrum.
A mother of two Gateway students herself and current PTO president at Ramsey School, she is, in my opinion, likely to help sustain Gateway’s excellent reputation for serving special needs students, including those with autism. Incisively, she emphasized the importance of continuing to foster inclusion only when it is determined to be appropriate to a student’s individual learning growth and development. It is with confidence that I strongly urge Mary Beth Cirucci’s election to our Gateway school board.
Autism Awareness Month April 2015 – State Activities
Below is the link to the press release from Acting Secretary Theodore Dallas describing many State level Autism Awareness Month activities. Given the predominance of the autism developmental disability nationwide, this recognition is most welcome and should go a long way in preserving and increasing State budget autism appropriations and supportive infrastructure.
Virginia Tech Autism Clinic – Sibling Study
Through August 31, 2015, the Virginia Tech Autism Clinic in Blacksburg, VA is recruiting siblings of children with autism to participate in a long-distance research study.
Local Students with Autism Paint Penguins Mural
Nickolas Wildman joins other autistic students from Pressley Ridge School for Autism, students from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh, and artists from M.L.K. Mural to paint a mural of the Pittsburgh Penguins greats on the side of a building located across from the Consol Energy Center at the corner of 5th Avenue and Magee Street, Pittsburgh. October, 2014. Nickolas is the son of Davy & Mary Wildman founders of the Autism Society of Butler County.
A Most Responsible Position on Vaccination — Diane Schmitt Nails it!
I would like to contribute my opinion to State Senator Daylin Leach’s intention to introduce legislation to strip philosophical vaccine exemption from the PA code, “Under Pennsylvania bill, exemptions granted on vaccines stand to plummet” http://triblive.com/news/healthnews/7766469-74/leach-pennsylvania-state#ixzz3S41JH1G8.
Autism Society of America — 50 Years and Counting…
In 1965, concerned parents of children who were diagnosed with autism, came together to form what is now called the Autism Society of America. In 1965, parents such as Dr. Bernie Rimland, Dr. Ruth Christ Sullivan, and Dan Torisky, knew that often times the only option for helping their child who was diagnosed with autism was to place their child in an institutional setting.
Does Your Family Member with Autism Now — or Perhaps Could — Receive Medicaid-Reimbursed Services?
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services have released a notice clarifying the rules on Medicaid autism coverage for children and adolescents. This CMS bulletin, released Monday, has information about the services covered by the Medicaid state plan and how to qualify for coverage. It may also affect individuals’ eligibility for Medicaid waivers.
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