Archive for November, 2007

Autism Insurance Coverage Candlelight Vigil, 1/29/08

Friday, November 30th, 2007

There is a Autism Candlelight Vigil on Tuesday January 29th at 6:00 PM at the Arizona State Capital located on 1700 W. Washington Street in Phoenix. We are showing support for the legislation to require insurance companies to cover autism. Please invite all friends, family, co-workers, therapists of those affected by autism. Show you care!!

For more information contact Cynthia Macluskie at

AUTISM INSURANCE BILL — Autism Community Meeting, 12/5

Friday, November 30th, 2007

Please attend an urgent autism community meeting on December 5 from 6-8 PM.

This informational meeting will provide an overview of the drafted Arizona Autism Insurance Bill and provide an opportunity for the autism community to formulate a strategy. This draft bill would require some private insurance coverage for individuals diagnosed with Autistic Disorder, Asperger’s Syndrome and Pervasive Developmental Disorder – Not Otherwise Specified.

2375 E. Camelback Rd.
Suite 400
Phoenix, AZ 85016
(Parking instructions will follow)

Meeting Agenda:
– 6:00-6:15 Introductions from hosts
– 6:15-7:00 Tim Schmaltz, Coordinator/CEO of Protecting Arizona ’s Family Coalition (PAFCO) will be presenting on the Do’s and Don’ts of advocacy (i.e. how to contact your local government representatives, letter-writing, etc.)
– 7:00-8:00 Update on insurance bill, Arizona bill provisions, strategy, next steps

Please forward to anyone who may be interested in getting this insurance bill passed. We MUST have parent and community support in order to make this happen in 2008!

Meeting Hosted By Several Autism Community Organizations Including:
Arizona Autism Coalition, Arizona Autism Support, Autism Society of America, Phoenix Valley Parents Autism Group, S.A.N.E.

COCO’s meeting – insurance coverage for ABA, HBOT on 11/27

Monday, November 26th, 2007

Come join us at the November Mom’s Meeting at Coco’s on November 27th. All parents (Dad’ s too!) are welcome. We will be presenting information on the possible legislation that will get ABA covered by medical insurance. We will also be discussing the 14 states that cover experimental treatments for autism through Medicaid and the possibility of creating this coverage in Arizona. We plan on discussing dietary interventions, as well. Please come this your input and questions. We are looking forward to a lively discussion.

4th Tuesday of the month from 6:30-8:30 at:

Coco’s Restaurant
Paradise Valley Mall
4514 E. Cactus Road
Phoenix, AZ 85032

We meet in the back room. For questions please contact Cynthia Macluskie at

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