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From The Archives | e-speaks Autism Speaks Newsletter | Circa May 9, 2008

Florida Passes Autism Insurance Legislation On May 2, the Florida Legislature passed Senate Bill 2654, an important first step in requiring insurance carriers to provide coverage of evidence-based, medically necessary autism therapies. Senate Bill 2654 – passed by the House in the very last minutes of the legislative session — requires that insurance companies cover […]

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Florida parents opposed to school vaccinations smear politicians who fight for public health – South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Florida parents opposed to school vaccinations are bullying, threatening and smearing politicians who are trying to end the religious exemption. Source: Florida parents opposed to school vaccinations smear politicians who fight for public health – South Florida Sun-Sentinel

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South Florida Actor With Down Syndrome, Zack Gottsagen, On His Starring Role In ‘The Peanut Butter Falcon’ – CBS Miami

SXSW Film Festival audience award-winner The Peanut Butter Falcon, stars Shia LaBeouf, Dakota Johnson and newcomer Zack Gottsagen. Gottsagen, who calls South Florida home, has Down syndrome. Source: South Florida Actor With Down Syndrome, Zack Gottsagen, On His Starring Role In ‘The Peanut Butter Falcon’ – CBS Miami

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Florida Is The Latest Republican-Led State To Adopt Clean Needle Exchanges | California Healthline

Florida has struggled for years with opioid overdoses — and the highest rate of HIV infection in the U.S. Lawmakers now hope needle exchanges and a “harm reduction” approach could help … Source: Florida Is The Latest Republican-Led State To Adopt Clean Needle Exchanges | California Healthline

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Jacksonville church holds Pride Prom after library controversy

Nearly 100 LGBTQ teenagers attended Pride Prom on Friday at The Buckman Bridge Universalist Church after the Jacksonville Public Library’s decision to cancel the event due to safety concerns. Source: Jacksonville church holds Pride Prom after library controversy

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Anti-vaccination group lobbies up and plans a statewide Florida protest

“This march is for medical freedom and standing up against a tyrannical government trying to force vaccines,” is the message on the their Facebook page. Source: Anti-vaccination group lobbies up and plans a statewide Florida protest

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Pine Ridge teacher fired for spraying water at autistic student – News – Daily Commercial – Leesburg, FL

TAVARES — The Lake County School Board voted Monday to terminate a Pine Ridge Elementary ESE teacher for allegedly using a water bottle to redirect an autistic, nonverbal student when he failed to follow instructions.The board voted unanimously to fire Cara Sanderlin, who taught autistic students for three years at Pine Ridge in a small […]