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  • September 27, 2011: With less than two weeks left before the signing deadline, the Governor of California has alot on his agenda. Hundreds of bills await his signature. Among those bills is SB 946 (Steinberg). ABC News has the story.
  • September 13, 2011: The Sacramento Bee has a list of legislation they would like to see Governor Brown veto. Among the  few bills that they would like to see him sign  into law, is our very own SB 946 (Steinberg). The full story can be found by clicking here.
  • September 8, 2011: In the final days of the legislative session, Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg is pushing a bill that would require health insurance plans to cover treatment for autism. The Sacramento Bee has the story.
  • September 2, 2011: A decade ago, fewer than 500 students in Sacramento County schools were placed in special education due to autism. By 2011, that number had risen to 2,275 -- about one of every 105 pupils, according to state data released this week. To read more about it, please click here.
  • August 26, 2011: The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has issued a landmark ruling that calls on insurers to treat mental illness with the same level of care as physical illness. . Listed among the conditions that shall be covered are autism or pervasive developmental disorders. To read the Sacramento Bee’s report on this important decision, please click here.

The Disability Scoop: This site is a great source for developmental disability resources and news. This page provides relevant articles on subject matter ranging from the combat-like stress mothers of autistic children experience, to news about a University Program helping teens with Asperger's learn to make friends.

Chantal Sicile-Kira’s mission statement is to empower parents and educators with the knowledge they need about autism spectrum disorders (ASD). She provides resources for families, educators, and people with Autism. She is also the founder of Autism College, an interactive site with courses hosted by autism experts. As a mother of an autistic son, she has compiled real experience in a reliable and resourceful website. You can also find a list of articles by Sicile-Kira on her blog, The Autism Advocate.

Valerie's List: A parent-run informational website and e-newsletter for Southern California. The enewsletters contain information about articles, events, non-profit activities, parent inquiries, programs offered by professionals and private schools, research, support groups, and other items of interest. 

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