Prism December 2016

TAKE ACTION ON KEY ISSUES IMPACTING THE DISABILITY COMMUNITY. The Arc Prince George’s County Hosts Tour of New Learning Lab For people with autism, assistive technology can be an avenue to independence. This past October, one chapter took a giant step in ensuring this vital resource is available to people on the spectrum for years…

Prism September 2016

TAKE ACTION ON KEY ISSUES IMPACTING THE DISABILITY COMMUNITY. Competency To Stand Trial: A Dilemma for Criminal Justice Professionals and Advocates For individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, there are complexities that impede fairness within the criminal justice system. One complexity is competency to stand trial. Competency measures a defendant’s ability to understand the case…

Three ABLE Act Amendments Introduced

Building upon the ABLE Act of 2014, three amendments were introduced in the House and Senate in March 2016, and referred to the appropriate committees of jurisdiction. Unfortunately, they have not seen any legislative progress since that time. With time running out for Congress to act this year, we can’t be complacent — we must educate ourselves…

Competency To Stand Trial: A Dilemma for Criminal Justice Professionals and Advocates

For individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, there are complexities that impede fairness within the criminal justice system. One complexity is competency to stand trial.  Competency measures a defendant’s ability to understand the case against him and assist in his defense. If he is found incompetent, his criminal case cannot be continued until his competency…

First ABLE Programs Launched 

Since the passage of the federal Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act in 2014, over 90% of states have enacted enabling legislation, federal agencies have been drafting regulations and issuing guidance, and three new bills have been introduced at the federal level. And, just this month, two states launched the first ABLE programs in…

Life, Animated: Autism Documentary in Theaters July 1

LIFE, ANIMATED is the story of Owen Suskind, a young man who was unable to speak as a child until he and his family discovered a unique way to communicate by immersing themselves in the world of classic Disney animated films. The film follows Owen as he enters adulthood and takes his first steps toward…

Call for Comments

Request for Public Comments – 2016 IACC Strategic Plan Deadline: July 29, 2016 http://1.usa.gov/1WNLsme The Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC) wants your input to help identify priority topics for inclusion in the 2016 IACC Strategic Plan for ASD. The new plan will cover research, services and policy issues related to the 7 Questions covered in…

Are You Engaged in Advocacy?

The future for people with autism will be built on the foundation of how services and supports are structured and funded. Those decisions happen at the local, state, and federal level, and by taking action as an informed advocate you will shape the future of programs like Medicaid and Social Security! Sign up for our…

Build Your Plan™ – A Tool for the Future

The Arc’s Center for Future Planning™ (CFP) supports and encourages people with autism and other developmental disabilities and their families to plan for the years ahead. One of the primary ways the Center accomplishes this is through the Build Your Plan™ tool, launched in November 2015. This interactive tool enables families to develop a future…

Autism NOW Answer Series #44: Sexuality and Sexuality Instructions for learners with and ASD or other IDD

Here is the forty-second video in our Autism NOW Answer Series, embedded below.