autism http://kbia.org en Nixon signs bill to set up special-needs scholarships http://kbia.org/post/nixon-signs-bill-set-special-needs-scholarships <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span>Gov. Jay Nixon signed legislation that seeks to set up scholarships to help special-needs children get services from private facilities or other public schools.</p><p>The measure requires the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to seek grants and donations to be used for the scholarships. Called "Bryce's Law," the measure is named after the 6-year-old autistic grandson of the legislation's sponsor, House member Dwight Scharnhorst. Bryce died of epilepsy in 2007.</p> Thu, 11 Jul 2013 21:30:32 +0000 Associated Press 36903 at http://kbia.org Nixon signs bill to set up special-needs scholarships Crop insurance subsidies are winning; theater screens 'sensory-friendly' film http://kbia.org/post/crop-insurance-subsidies-are-winning-theater-screens-sensory-friendly-film <p>Crop insurance is a big part of the farm bill debate in Washington this year. The Senate recently passed a bill that would expand the heavily subsidized program. And now the House is zeroing in on the issue. Several amendments to the farm bill pending in the House would curb how much the government provides to cut the cost farmers pay for crop insurance. But, premiums aren’t the only part of the system supported by tax payers. Crop insurance companies also enjoy lots of government largess. Harvest Public Media’s Frank Morris reports.</p> Wed, 19 Jun 2013 21:55:11 +0000 Kristofor Husted 35756 at http://kbia.org Theater offers ‘sensory-friendly’ film for children with disabilities http://kbia.org/post/theater-offers-sensory-friendly-film-children-disabilities <p></p><p>Four-year-old Jack Sander is picking up puzzle pieces in his living room. For a four-year-old, he’s got it pretty good:&nbsp; loving parents, a beautiful home on a golf course, a little brother, and some pretty cool toys. But there’s one thing he’s never been able to do.</p><p>“Jack has never been able to even try to go to the movies before,” says Dawn Sander, his mother.</p> Wed, 19 Jun 2013 20:29:33 +0000 Jennifer Davidson 35744 at http://kbia.org Theater offers ‘sensory-friendly’ film for children with disabilities Legislation would help match special needs students with scholarships http://kbia.org/post/legislation-would-help-match-special-needs-students-scholarships <p></p><p>Missouri lawmakers have approved legislation that would require education officials to seek grants and donations to help children with special needs such as autism.</p><p>Financial resources could be devoted to scholarships or clinical trials for behavioral interventions. Scholarships could be used to help students attend a public school outside the student's home district or a private school. Fri, 17 May 2013 20:16:35 +0000 Associated Press 33950 at http://kbia.org Legislation would help match special needs students with scholarships On revised fuel standards and the benefits of pet ownership http://kbia.org/post/revised-fuel-standards-and-benefits-pet-ownership <p></p><p>This week, we'll hear about efforts to increase the amount of ethanol added to gasoline, and learn about out the potential benefits of owning a dog.</p><p> Thu, 14 Mar 2013 23:10:35 +0000 Rehman Tungekar 30751 at http://kbia.org On revised fuel standards and the benefits of pet ownership State fines Aetna over autism, abortion coverage violations http://kbia.org/post/state-fines-aetna-over-autism-abortion-coverage-violations <p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px; ">The Missouri Department of Insurance has issued its largest penalty to date, to health insurance company, Aetna.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Wed, 26 Sep 2012 23:12:27 +0000 Elana Gordon 21848 at http://kbia.org State fines Aetna over autism, abortion coverage violations New autism guide helps parents and providers sift through mountains of research http://kbia.org/post/new-autism-guide-helps-parents-and-providers-sift-through-mountains-research <p>As more and more children are diagnosed with autism, there&#39;s also a lot more research on the disorder. &nbsp;Now, a new guidebook can help Missouri parents and people who work with kids on the autism spectrum sort through it all.</p><p> Wed, 08 Aug 2012 14:25:33 +0000 Jacob Fenston 18980 at http://kbia.org New autism guide helps parents and providers sift through mountains of research New autism center director talks research, treatment, and access http://kbia.org/post/new-autism-center-director-talks-research-treatment-and-access <p>The MU Thompson Center for Autism is one of the nation&#39;s leading autism centers, combining treatment, training and research. Starting in September, the center will have a new director. I spoke with Stephen Kanne&nbsp;about the challenges and opportunities ahead for autism research, treatment and accessibility of treatment.</p><p> Wed, 18 Jul 2012 14:50:16 +0000 Jacob Fenston 17728 at http://kbia.org New autism center director talks research, treatment, and access Nixon signs 12 bills into law, vetoes 10 http://kbia.org/post/nixon-signs-12-bills-law-vetoes-10 <p>Missouri Democratic Governor Jay Nixon was busy Thursday, making decisions on 22 bills the legislature put on his desk. Thu, 12 Jul 2012 20:32:15 +0000 Ryan Famuliner 17451 at http://kbia.org Nixon signs 12 bills into law, vetoes 10 Families of children with Autism pay more for health care http://kbia.org/post/families-children-autism-pay-more-health-care <p>A new study conducted by a University of Missouri faculty member found families of children with Autism Spectrum Disorders are paying more for health care than families of children with other medical conditions. Assistant professor Nancy Cheak-Zamora says families are paying more for fewer services:&nbsp;&ldquo;Most of the families, she says, &quot;spent over one-thousand dollars or more just in out of pocket costs, which is significantly higher than other families.&rdquo;</p><p> Wed, 13 Jun 2012 17:46:19 +0000 Eric Hilt 15805 at http://kbia.org Rising autism rate means more parents getting help http://kbia.org/post/rising-autism-rate-means-more-parents-getting-help <p>According to the latest estimate from the Centers for Disease Control, 1 in 88 children in the <st1:country-region w:st="on">United States</st1:country-region> has autism, almost double the rate ten years ago. In this week&#39;s Health &amp; Wealth update, while more children are being diagnosed with the disorder, more parents are getting the help they need to treat it.</p><p class="Radiotrax"><o:p></o:p></p><p class="Radiotitle"> Wed, 04 Apr 2012 15:49:53 +0000 Jacob Fenston 11797 at http://kbia.org Rising autism rate means more parents getting help Money raised for Thompson Center during autism awareness month http://kbia.org/post/money-raised-thompson-center-during-autism-awareness-month <p>The &ldquo;Light it Up Blue&rdquo; national campaign to raise autism awareness has landed a check for Columbia&rsquo;s Thompson Center for Autism and Neurodevelopment Disorders.&nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 02 Apr 2012 22:22:16 +0000 Scarlett Robertson & Anthony Martinez 11674 at http://kbia.org Money raised for Thompson Center during autism awareness month