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August 18, 2016

Action Alert! Ask Your Representative to Co-Sponsor H.R. 4919, Kevin and Avonte’s Law

The time is now to take action to protect our families—H.R. 4919, Kevin and Avonte’s Law of 2016, addresses wandering incidents and fatalities in children with developmental disabilities. If passed the bill would: Ensure that grants from the U.S. Department of Justice can be used by state and local law enforcement agencies and nonprofits for […]

August 04, 2016

Senate Unanimously Passes Kevin and Avonte’s Law, S.2614

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officer Tim Purdy sits next to a young autistic high school student who left the campus and may have been suicidal. Officer Purdy established trust and a relationship that allowed officers to get this young man the help that he so desperately needed. Senate Unanimously Passes Kevin and Avonte’s Law, S.2614 By Lisa […]

July 26, 2016

Blog Repost: Clinton on Autism as DNC Continues

As the Democratic National Convention continues, SafeMinds would like to re-post this blog from earlier this year as a reminder to Democratic Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton on the needs of the autism community, in the hopes of a more dramatic change in the national dialogue on preventing and addressing moderate to severe autism, and its […]

May 14, 2016

SafeMinds Executive Director Expresses Concern Over Validity of 2016 Autism Prevalence Data from Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring Network at April 2016 IACC Meeting

SafeMinds Executive Director Testifies at IACC Meeting. To view full video click here. SafeMinds Executive Director Lisa Wiederlight testified in front of the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee on April 19, 2016 to express concerns over the validity of the autism prevalence data provided by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Autism and Developmental […]

April 20, 2016

People Who Give Care, Need Care Too!

Caregivers who take care of their loved ones with autism need to be taken care of too. As part of its Safe Minds/Safe Bodies campaign, SafeMinds outlined the need for a Federal response to autism caregiver needs in public comments before the Federal Government’s Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC) on November 16, 2015. To read […]

April 17, 2016

Power of One March—Of Progress and Partnership By Lisa Wiederlight, executive director, SafeMinds Photos Courtesy of Jenn Bubb-Brown

Twelve years ago, just one year after my son was diagnosed, I attended the Power of One March in Washington, DC. Former NFL quarterback Dan Marino and a slew of congressional leaders took the stage behind the fearless Shelley Hendrix of Unlocking Autism, and her son, Liam. I was still shell shocked by my son’s […]

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