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  • 00:55

    Securing Autism Treatment With Medi-Cal & Medicaid

    in Family

    Kristin Jacobson, Founder, Board Chair, President & Executive Director ADEC Foundation
    As part of a more than 20-year career in health care marketing and reimbursement, Kristin has advocated for autism related causes since 2006. She led a multi-year statewide effort to pass autism insurance reform in California and was a principal drafter of SB 946, signed into California law by Governor Jerry Brown in 2011. Subsequent to the passage of SB 946, Kristin was appointed to the Department of Managed Health Care (DMHC)’s Autism Advisory Task Force to help draft recommendations regarding medically-necessary behavioral health treatment. In 2009, Kristin co-founded Autism Deserves Equal Coverage to help families and providers access health care treatment through private insurance and in 2013 founded Autism Deserves Equal Coverage Foundation as a companion non-profit organization. She also is a member of the Consumer Advisory Panel to the California Department of Insurance under Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones. She has been featured as an autism insurance expert by many news organizations, including The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, National Public Radio, KQED, KGO, ABC, NBC and Fox News.

    All Autism Talk (allautismtalk.com) is sponsored by Autism Spectrum Therapies (autismtherapies.com) and Trellis Services (trellisservices.com) and Learn It Systems (learnitsystems.com)

  • 00:35

    Developmental Optometry - Special Eye Doctors for Special Patients

    in Family

    Dr. Amanda Zeller is a developmental optometrist in the Washington DC area who treats adults and children with disabilities.  Many people with ADHD and Autism have underlying vision issues and these issues often go undetected.  Dr. Zeller is one of only 500 specialists in the US who specializes in this form of optometry.  If you have a child with ADHD or Autism or reading issues, you need to listen to this show!   Also on the show is Mark Friese, VP of Merrill Lynch Special Needs Group, and a frequent contributor, who discusses the importance of a team approach when considering the needs of your child with disability and how to plan to pay for specialized treatments such as vision therapy.  


    Dr. Zeller http://www.visiontherapydc.com/meet-your-vision-team.php

    Mark Friese https://www.ml.com/mlwm/system/viewfapage.aspx?pageurl=menick_friese

    Inclusion Zone http://inclusionzone.org/  You can make tax deductible donations to support our work!

  • 00:47

    WA State Developmental Disabilities Resources - Eva Rooks

    in Family

    Where do we go in Washington state to get connected when it comes to helping individuals living with autism? What services are accessible from the state? How do we plug in? How do we navigate the often confusing and complex systems maze?
    Good information leads to better choices and decisions for people on the autism spectrum or with other developmental disabilities and differences, yet survey data shows many families say they do not get enough information to effectively participate in planning services for their family members. 
    This is of concern to Autism Empowerment and other advocacy and support organizations that believe clear, concise information from trusted sources is critical to every family’s ability to access resources and care for individuals on the autism spectrum.
    Listen in today as Autism Empowerment Radio interviews Eva Rooks, Communication and Planning Manager for the Washington State Developmental Disabilities Council. 
    We will talk about current priorities for the DDC and we'll learn how to plug into and navigate the WA state Informing Families, Building Trust website, blog and informational outreach.
    Sponsored by the Washington State Developmental Disabilities Council, in collaboration with the Division of Developmental Disabilities and others, the IFBT goal is to provide information about issues, services and supports that make a difference in the lives of individuals with developmental disabilities and their families.
    Website: https://fortress.wa.gov/com/csddcinformingfamilies//Default.aspx
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/InformingFamilies

  • 00:48

    Developmental Disabilities Legislative Advocacy Trip to WA

    in Family

    Interested in Autism and Developmental Disabilities Advocacy in Washington? So is Autism Empowerment!  
    Tune in as John interviews Autism Empowerment Executive Director, Karen Krejcha as she talks about her recent weekend in Olympia. As part of a year long Disabilities Leadership Development Program, she traveled to Olympia with other self-advocates, parents and professionals. She had the opportunity to receive training, network with other advocates and no-profits, tour the State Capitol, share lunch with local legislators, learn about the legislative process and practice advocacy skills and testifying before Congress.
    We will chat about a variety of topics of interest that came up during the training including Seclusion / Aversion rooms in Washington schools, the No Paid Services Caseload, Respite Care, Companion Homes, Vocational Traning and help for individuals experiencing cultural communication barriers. 
    Even if you don't live in Washington, you will likely find this show valuable in terms of understanding more about what kind of services our government provides versus what is provided through the private sector.

  • 00:14

    Health Insurance for Developmental Disabilities: Proposed changes

    in Parents

    The ability for families to get services for children with developmental disabilities may increase if a new rule proposed under the Affordable Care Act becomes final.

    In this "Kids News Extra" segment Dr. T reviews the article, "Proposed Rule Mandates Coverage of Habilitation" from the ASHA Leader about proposed mandate to cover habilitative services.

    "Habilitation" is intervention to help a child build skills in which they are delayed or disordered. It's similar to the more familiar term of  "rehabilitation" whereby an individual receives intervention to regain skills that are lost second to an accident, a disease, or the like. 

    The ASHA Leader is a publication of the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association which provides information for the public and governs the professions of speech-language pathology and audiology.

    This proposed rule goes beyond speech-language and hearing services and regards global developmental issues. We hope it's helpful.

    Send your comments and quesitons to us at info@KidsAtoZ.com 

    Best,The Kids AtoZ Team

  • 02:00

    The Fight Against Autism

    in Health

    According to the Center for Disease Control:

    • About 1 in 68 children has been identified with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) according to estimates from CDC's Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring (ADDM) Network.

    • ASD is almost 5 times more common among boys (1 in 42) than among girls (1 in 189).

    • Parents who have a child with ASD have a 2%–18% chance of having a second child who is also affected.

    • Almost half (46%) of children identified with ASD has average to above average intellectual ability.

    In the past two weeks, there have been several stories in the media regarding autistic children that have lost their lives. This is a subject that affects of all and more knowledge is needed. Tune in 8:30 pm EST as we discuss this topic with our expert guest to find resources that are available.

    You're also want to call in to be part of the conversation; we are changing our show's format. Our cast has never been shy to give their opinion, but we want to hear what you have to say. We'll be addressing controversial and hot trends in our media so you'll want to call in and chime in. 1-713-955-0793 and press "1" to be part of the conversation.

  • 00:57


    in Self Help

    Maria Iliou is your Autistic Director Manager, your Host for Freedom Foundation Autism

  • 00:41

    Emerging Technology for Kids with Autism - Chrisopher Flint

    in Family

    Christopher Flint began his career as a special education teacher. Since leaving the classroom, Christopher has had the opportunity to work on many exciting and impactful autism projects. He has trained over 10,000 professionals and parents and has led the creation of autism accessibility kits for public institutions across the US. Christopher is also the founder and president of AACTION Autism, a humanitarian organization dedicated to supporting autism in developing countries. Most recently, Christopher is the Founder and Chief Creative Officer of Infiniteach, a company that develops innovative digital tools for the autism community. 

    All Autism Talk (allautismtalk.com) is sponsored by Autism Spectrum Therapies (autismtherapies.com) and Trellis Services (trellisservices.com) and Learn It Systems (learnitsystems.com)

  • 00:41

    Raising Young Women with High-Functioning Autism (with Eva Angvert Harren)

    in Women

    Eva Angvert Harren is the creator of The BEAM LiFE Process that uses body-centered healing and recovery techniques to help people ‘Release, Restore, Recover and Come Alive'. Her techniques help individuals find relief from anger, anxiety, stress, addictive behaviors and thought patterns. Today Eva and I will be talking about how many young women (and some adults) might be struggling with high-functioning autism (HFA) and not even realize it. Most individuals diagnosed with HFA are have average or above average intelligence but may struggle with issues related to social interaction and communication.

    Eva's techniques have been highly effective when working with many people who fall within the high-functioning Autism spectrum. While Eva is NOT an ‘expert’ on either Asperger’s or Autism, she has teamed up with http://wwwAspergerExperts.com to offer well-received and well-attended workshops around the country on these techniques. 


    Plaid for Women radio is produced to give you information, advice and resources to manage “The Business of Life”. Our goal is to help you achieve your goals, get connected, and be heard. 


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    Eva Angvert Harren

    BEAM LiFE International

    Castro Valley, CA

    Beam Life Coaching


  • 00:57

    How can Veterans help Students and Employees with Learning Disabilities Succeed?

    in Education

    Ask Dr. Applewhite (Host, Counselor. Educator and Army Veteran),  how Veterans with Disability can help others overcome the fear of asking for accommodations at school and work. Many students and employees hide their challenges to read, listen, and communicate until their performance is affected.  Guests address asking for accommodations from Disabled Student Resources and Employee Assistance Programs. Hear Special Guest, Dr. Beverly Poellnitz, Educator, Entrepreneur, from Maricopa Community College and others, as they enlighten us on how cultural considerations must be given when discussing any issue of learning, mental health,  and performance. To support our students and Veterans with disabilities reach their education and workforce goals visit http://whiteappleinstitute.org (Veteran operated nonprofit) and click on DONATE. This show previously aired in 2014 as Ask Dr. Applewhite About Support for Learning Disabilities.

  • 00:53

    Addressing Chronic Pain in Adults & Kids with Intellectual Disabilities

    in Health

    Children and adults with intellectual or developmental disability may not be able to always tell you that they are experiencing pain, but it’s our responsibility to understand there are many reasons that people with ID/DD are experiencing pain. In this episode of Pain Waves Radio by Pain BC, Dr. Beverley Temple discusses how we can improve the quality of life of those with ID/DD by addressing the issue of chronic pain.

    Dr. Temple is an Associate Professor with the University of Manitoba, Faculty of Health Sciences, College of Nursing and a Researcher with the St. Amant Research Centre. Her research focuses on support of people with Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities and Autism and their families.

    This episode is generously co-sponsored by the Kootenay Community Council. The Kootenay Community Council, and other Community Councils around the province, work with Community Living BC (CLBC) to ensure accountability to communities, to inform CLBC of local trends and innovation, and to act in an advisory role at the local and regional levels. Community Living BC is the Crown Corporation that provides funding to support adults who are living with developmental disabilities in BC.

    You can access the Non-Communicating Adult Pain Checklist mentioned in the episode on Pain BC's website. Find more resources to support you on the St,Amant website and the Surrey Place Centre website. 

    Please note we are no longer taking calls to Pain Waves Radio by Pain BC.