Making enemies of parents and teachers

This post on paying for our own professionals from rickcolosimo.com was sparked by a health-care editorial, related to prohibitions on sharing legal fees with non-lawyers, and now belongs here. The phrase “doctors and patients as enemies” is what knocked me over in the reposted editorial by Milton Friedman. Is there anyone who doubts that very […]

Comprehensive medical record planning

This article on the VA’s electronic records experience should be energizing autism service providers around the country, but I fear that it isn’t. The doctors involved have their own electronic records issues, and they’re almost certainly uncomfortable with anything that could make them responsible for inappropriate disclosures of information to non-medical providers, HIPAA releases notwithstanding. […]

What does the NJ insurance bill do?

New Jersey Governor Corzine signed A2238, the NJ autism insurance coverage bill, into law on Thursday, providing for minimum of $36,000 annual coverage for behavioral therapy for autism. Some immediate answers about the NJ insurance bill, A2238: 1. What companies are required to comply with the bill? The bill will not affect insurance companies, and […]

Autism Speaks carefully about vaccines

I finally had time to read the recent statement/interview with Dr. Geri Dawson, the Chief Science Officer of Autism Speaks. As you know, we’ve discussed this complicated and angst-inducing issue in the past, primarily with respect to the complexities of epidemiology in vaccine research and the nuanced textures of meaning of studies large enough to […]

Scientist drawing line on vaccine research

Today, Dr. Eric London, from Autism Speaks/Autism Science Foundation and a co-founder of NAAR (which merged with Autism Speaks), announced that he is resigning from the Scientific Affairs Committee and dissociating himself from Autism Speaks. His statement generally refers to the continuation of vaccine-related research supported by Autism Speaks. This issue is one that is […]

How much value do ASD treatments create?

This WSJ article illustrates the type of analysis that we should all expect to have to understand as coverage for ABA moves into the mainstream of private insurance coverage and then, theoretically, becomes the responsibility of some national health insurance plan to cover. Will Congress and state legislatures be as willing to bear the burden […]

Long term planning for ASD adults

The discussion about the treatment of the adults working at the turkey farm tied to ideas I’ve discussed before. As I tweeted earlier today, the population of developmentally disabled adults is growing, and the demographics show that we haven’t reached the knee of the curve yet, the point at which the rate of increase changes […]

Andrew Wakefield links of shame

This short article is the most recent update on the fallout from Wakefield’s actions. A longer version is also available. Finally, a broad explanation of the investigation is available on the journalist’s website. Here are some things that we didn’t note in our earlier post: this article from a few days ago is NOT the […]

Soapbox: Andrew Wakefield and Scientific Misconduct

When I was pregnant, I thought I should wear a t-shirt with the following: December 5. I don’t know. No, I just cannot be within a 5-foot radius of ham or any other pork product. This was because every random stranger asked me, “When are you due? What are you having? Do you have any […]

Focusing the national agenda on autism

There are about a zillion autism organizations, and many of them have at least some lobbying component. Here at 30seats, we’re generally more focused on thinking about direct action, either in terms of directly helping families in their own homes or in their efforts to secure early intensive behavioral interventions (EIBI) for their children (including […]