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The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released a Final Decision Memorandum on July 29, 2015 related to Speech Generating Devices. Part of the text of that memorandum is included below. The scope of benefit national coverage determination (NCD) for speech generating devices at §50.1 of Chapter 1, Part 1 of the Medicare National Coverage Determinations Manual is revised to read as follows: Speech Generating Devices Speech generating devices are considered to fall within the durable medical equipment benefit category established by § 1861(n) of the Social Security Act. They are covered for patients who suffer from a severe speech impairment and have a medical condition that warrants the use of a device based on the following definitions.

Pennsylvania Department of Human Services Celebrates the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act Twenty-five years ago the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) ushered in a new era of increased protections and opportunities for individuals with disabilities. The ADA prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities and guarantees them equal rights. Today, the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services (DHS) celebrates this milestone and the approximately 1.7 million Pennsylvanians with disabilities whose quality of life it helped improve.

According to the PA Autism Needs Assessment, caregivers reported difficulty finding providers who understood and could address the needs of individuals, particularly adults, with Autism Spectrum Disorder. These finding align with literature that most general healthcare providers have little knowledge related to the treatment and care needs of individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder. An analysis of events reported to the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority involving patients with Autism Spectrum Disorder revealed concerns similar to those reported in the needs assessment and the literature. Dr. Arvind Venkat and Dr. Joann Migyanka from ASERT's western region have partnered with the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority in creating awareness of the need to educate healthcare providers in the needs of adults and children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Dr. Venkat and Dr. Migyanka participated in a review and analysis of current data from the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority to illustrate ways to improve care for patients with Autism Spectrum Disorder in the acute care setting.

Individual and Family Autism Resources & Training Conference For Individuals on the Spectrum (ages 17 & up) and Their Families Advocacy, Relationships & Building Community Saturday, September 19, 2015 Lancaster Host Conference Center 9 am – 5:30 pm REGISTRATION IS OPEN! Registration Deadline: September 8, 2015 This conference is free; there is no registration fee, but pre-registration is required. WHO SHOULD ATTEND: Individuals with autism (ages 17 and up) and their family members, including parents, siblings, spouses, grandparents, and others. ABOUT THE CONFERENCE: This is a FREE one-day conference hosted by the Bureau of Autism Services, Department of Human Services, in collaboration with ASERT. Attendees will participate in a series of four one-hour keynote sessions, and one breakout session. The keynote sessions are designed to provide information that is relevant to everyone who attends. There is also one breakout session designed specifically for individuals with ASD, and one breakout session designed specifically for family members. There will be a Resource Fair open during the entire conference, with a dedicated hour at the end of the day to collect information and speak with the exhibitors. There are a limited number of scholarships available for an overnight stay at the hotel. See the registration form to apply. Deadline for Scholarship Applications: August 12, 2015 Please see the announcement below for more information about the presenters, session topics and the registration process. You may also download the registration form below.

The Philadelphia Autism Project will be hosting a one-day conference for family members, self-advocates and professionals designed to provide concrete tools and resources that are relevant to Philadelphians impacted by autism (across the spectrum and lifespan). The conference will be held on Friday, October 16, 2015 at the Parkway Central Library in Philadelphia, PA. The conference is presented by the Philadelphia Autism Project, in collaboration with ASERT and the Free Library of Philadelphia.

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