Critter Corner: What Happens to Adults with Autism Who “Age Out”?

Dear Bebe, There is a lot of funding for research about early diagnosis and early intervention for children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). However, there doesn’t seem to be much attention paid to adults with ASD. My … [Read more...]

“High-Functioning Autism” Descriptor No Longer Being Used

Q. Audrey was diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder at the age of nine. She is exceptionally bright, so she switched to the advanced academics program at her school in third grade. However, her social skills unfortunately … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: New Virginia Law Removes Age Cap on Autism Coverage

Dear Magic, Our daughter, Rachael, has Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Since she was a toddler, we have been taking her for every early intervention therapy there is, including Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA), speech, and … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: What Happens When a Person with Autism Becomes an Adult?

Dear Bebe,   My niece, Amelia, has an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), but is high-functioning. What happens to most children with ASD when they transition to adulthood?   Thanks! Will … [Read more...]

Division One Cheerleader at Mason is Breaking Barriers

Ann Catherine Heigl (Pic from Indianapolis Times Sentinel) Ann Catherine Heigl, a 19-year-old with Down syndrome, graduated from high school and became a student of George Mason University, through their LIFE program, a … [Read more...]

Supreme Court Rules that the Bare Minimum Isn’t Enough/Planning for an Uncertain Future

Q. My daughter, Hailey, has high-functioning Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), is severely learning disabled, and has a difficult time paying attention in school. We have attended Individualized Education Plan (IEP) meetings, and … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: An ABLE Account for a Loved One with a Disability

Dear Angel, I have an intellectually disabled daughter, and I’ve seen a lot of information this month from the ABLE National Resource Center through their #ABLEtoSave campaign. I understand that it’s state run, and that … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: Bipartisan Efforts to Help Those with Mental Illness

Dear Angel,  My son has bipolar disorder, and he was taking advantage of mental health treatment services under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Since the new administration took office, I know some changes will be made to mental … [Read more...]

ABLEnow is Open for Enrollment in Virginia

Millions of individuals with disabilities and their families depend on a wide variety of public benefits for income, health care, food, and housing assistance. Many of these benefits require meeting a means or resource test that … [Read more...]

Special Needs Trust Fairness Act Becomes Law

Carolyn is physically disabled, but has full mental capacity. Her parents and grandparents are no longer around. She would like to set up a Special Needs Trust for herself, to ensure that she is protected against the risk of … [Read more...]