Government Resources & Obligations: Selective Service Registration

All men must register for Selective Service (aka the Draft), even men with autism, unless they are institutionalized. Are disabled men, or men with medical conditions, required to register with Selective Service? The only process now in effect is that men between the ages of 18 and 26 register with Selective Service and keep their […]

Dependent Disabled Adults: Continuation of Private Health Care Coverage

Most states have laws which allow parents to continue health plan coverage for their disabled adult children, even past the point at which a child’s eligibility for dependent coverage would normally terminate because of their age. California law, for example, allows coverage to continue if the disabled child can’t support him or herself by work […]

Independent Assessments

By Lynne Arnold & Lisa Ackerman Independent assessments can provide a more detailed, objective and comprehensive evaluation of a child with autism. Many parents can gain a better understanding of their child’s needs through independent assessments rather than solely relying on evaluations by a state/early intervention agency and/or school district. In fact, independent assessments are […]

Divorce Advice for Special Needs Families

By Holly Bortfeld While it’s never ideal for a family to break up, especially when there is a special needs child involved who generally requires more support, sometimes divorce is necessary. In addition to the standard woes and challenges that divorce brings to every family, families with children with special needs may also benefit from the […]

Autism on Public Assistance

By Holly Bortfeld with help from Moira Giammatteo In an effort to help our families afford the treatments that can help their children, TACA introduced the very popular article series “Autism-On-A-Budget,” but with the worsening economy, we’ve been getting many more requests for help from families who are on, or considering, public assistance programs like Medicaid, […]

The Art of Managing Professionals & Appointments

Parent’s Bill of Rights And Parent Responsibilities by Lisa Ackerman   Not a month goes by when Jeff does not have a follow-up appointment scheduled with any number of specialists. Having the diagnoses of autism, apraxia, and auditory processing issues, our team of specialists are many and include: a pediatrician, neuropsychologist, learning specialist, speech pathologist, […]

Health Insurance Coverage on a Budget

by Holly Bortfeld   This article is for informational purposes only and is not meant to be construed as authoritative tax, legal or medical advice. Please contact your tax, medical or legal consultant for verification. If you have input or suggested updates, please contact Holly. My son Max is the “million dollar man.” In the ten years […]

Supporting Research for Treatments of Autism

Appeal Resources for ABA The Latest from Autism Bulletin More on Colorado Autism Insurance Case: Q&A with Tappert Family’s Lawyer R. Craig Ewing is managing partner at Ewing & Ewing, the Englewood, Colorado law firm which represented the Tappert family, who recently won an arbitration case for their health insurer to cover autism-related services for […]