Pathfinders for Autism is a tax-exempt charitable organization under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and, as such, our political and legislative (lobbying) activities are restricted accordingly (http://www.irs.gov/charities/charitable/article/0,,id=96099,00.html). However, in our efforts to provide information and resources, to promote autism awareness, and serve as a catalyst for autism related issues across the State, we do keep our finger on the pulse of policy initiatives and changes that may affect individuals with autism and their families in Maryland. Pathfinders for Autism is often called upon by our partners to support policy initiatives through education and public testimony when they directly impact the autism and developmental disability community in Maryland.
Pathfinders for Autism is supporting Autism Speaks and the Arc Maryland’s efforts, along with a local grassroots coalition of developmental disability advocacy organizations and individuals, in an effort to pass a legislative insurance mandate to cover diagnosis, treatment and therapies for individuals with autism spectrum disorder.
To stay up-to-date on State Autism Insurance Reform Initiatives and Action Alerts
To be part of the conversation on Maryland Autism Insurance Reform
In 2004, Pathfinders for Autism was instrumental in the introduction and passage of Maryland's House Bill 579/Senate Bill 834 during the 2004-05 legislative session. The bill authorized the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) to operate a three-year pilot program that will identify best practices and train 30 pediatricians in developmental screening methods.
SUMMARY OF HOUSE BILL 579/SENATE BILL 834
STAY INFORMED ABOUT POLICY INITIATIVES THAT AFFECT INDIVIDUALS WITH AUTISM & DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES
Arc U.S. National Policy (can sign up for federal action alerts, etc.)