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HHS Recognizes April as Autism Awareness Month

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HHS Recognizes April as Autism Awareness Month

April 4, 2011

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) designates April as National Autism Awareness Month with the purpose of recognizing the special challenges faced by those with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). The Centers for Disease Control estimate that an average of 1 in 110 children in the U.S. have an ASD. Last year, HHS established a new national resource and information center to provide information on community-based services for people with ASD and their families. Last month, HHS announced a new website that provides job skills training for high school graduates who have ASD or other disabilities. The Affordable Care Act requires new plans to cover autism screening and developmental assessments for children at no cost to parents. Insurers will also no longer be allowed to deny children coverage for a pre-existing condition such as ASD or to set arbitrary lifetime or annual limits on benefits. For more information on the HHS’s efforts regarding ASD, please visit http://www.hhs.gov/autism/ or http://www.healthcare.gov/foryou/family/soon/index.html.