“Am I Covered,” a tool to help families determine whether their health insurance policy covers services under the Massachusetts Autism Insurance Law, has been launched by UMass Medical School’s Autism Insurance Resource Center.
Siblings of children with mental health needs who participate in the UMass Medical School Sibling Support Program show a decrease in their sense of isolation and shame, one of the initiative’s parent mentors, Leah Baigell, said at the Cambridge Health Alliance Art of Healing Fundraiser April 29.
Dentists in general practice are taking on more patients with special needs, but those with intellectual or developmental disabilities may still have difficulty finding dentists to treat them. Two Eunice Kennedy Shriver Center projects aim to change that by training dentists how to care for this population and researching the most effective treatment techniques, according to an article in the Telegram & Gazette April 29.
By Ellen Moran
Massachusetts is one of five states using Medicaid claims data to study how people with intellectual disabilities are using health care services. The study led by UMass Medical School aims to improve the health and well-being of this population and understand their health care patterns.
The Eunice Kennedy Shriver Center has received a grant from the Association of University Centers on Disabilities to examine data from MassHealth, Massachusetts’ Medicaid program, to determine the types of health care used by people with intellectual disabilities. The grant is in partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities.
By Ellen Moran
When a town orders an evacuation in a severe storm, people with disabilities may need the type of help no one has foreseen, such as accessible transportation to a shelter. To make sure people receive the help they need, UMass Medical School’s Eunice Kennedy Shriver Center will launch an online course to teach emergency planners across the country the best strategies for emergency planning for and with individuals with disabilities.
Terri Farrell, a Project Director in the Autism Insurance Resource Center at the Shriver Center, will serve as panel moderator at an Adult Services Town Hall meeting hosted by Autims Speaks. The event will take place 6:30 p.m. March 24 at the Hogan Center Ballroom at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA 01610. The panel will address housing and residential support needs for adults on the autism spectrum.
By Ellen Moran
People with intellectual disabilities are more likely to have untreated tooth decay, but finding dentists who are willing to provide them with dental care can be difficult. UMass Medical School’s Eunice Kennedy Shriver Center is meeting this challenge through research and training to educate dental professionals and students about making dental visits easier for individuals with intellectual disabilities.
By Jennifer Rosinski
A leader from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver Center is one of two UMass Medical School staff members who received gubernatorial appointments to the state Autism Commission, a 35-member body created by legislation and charged with continuing the work of the group whose recommendations led to passage of landmark legislation in 2014.
Elaine M. Gabovitch, MPA, an autism advocate at UMass Medical School’s Eunice Kennedy Shriver Center, will train health professionals to consider cultural diversity when screening young children for autism spectrum disorder (ASD) during a session at the Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs (AMCHP) annual conference Jan. 24 in Washington, D.C.
The Autism Insurance Resource Center at UMass Medical School’s Eunice Kennedy Shriver Center has been awarded its third grant from the Doug Flutie, Jr. Foundation for Autism Inc. to support its technical assistance program, which helps caregivers of children and adults on the autism spectrum access coverage for autism treatments.