Feedback needed on your experience with SB 946


Matrix blogged last summer about a new law, SB 946 that went into effect July 1, 2012 (Know Your Rights — Health insurance must cover autism) which mandates that insurance must cover behavioral health treatment for autism.

Directors of several Area Boards in southern California are meeting with the Department of Managed Health Care on December 4, 2012 and working with the Office of Clients Rights’ Advocacy and Disability Rights California to address concerns families may have about the implementation of SB 946.  In order to best represent the concerns of those who are impacted by SB 946, they are requesting your feedback.  Your feedback is welcome even after the December 4 meeting date has passed.  Please reply to this survey if you and your family have had challenges in the following areas:

  • Co-pays
  • Delays in the start of services
  • Choice in terms of providers
  • Co-Insurance
  • Other issues

Survey Link:

SURVEY: More Respondants Needed for Abuse Survey

Persons with a disability, family members, or a professional in the disability field are welcome to take the survey.  Struck by the number of abuse cases against individuals with disabilities appearing in the media, the Disability and Abuse Project of Spectrum Institute created a survey on the attitudes, beliefs and experiences of many demographic groups that have encountered abuse as victims and through their profession. This survey was created to help advocates and professionals better understand what victims are saying about their abuse experiences and how professionals view their experiences with abuse / crime victims.

With over 6,000 respondents and counting, this survey will provide useful information that can help better serve our community. But the project’s leaders need more respondents to ensure the results are representative. The survey takes about 8 minutes, is completely anonymous, and all results will be published online.

Please take this important survey.

Special Robots for Children with Special Needs

The Puckett Institute is conducting a study on the use of social robots to promote joint attention in children with special needs. Socially interactive robots are being used with children with special needs to improve their interaction and communication skills. We are interested in evaluating the appearance and function of these robots to determine their practicality for home use. In this study, parents of children with special needs will view short video segments of four social robots and answer 8 questions about each robot’s general appearance. Your answers are completely anonymous and you can quit at any time. The entire survey can be done online and takes less than 15 minutes. Any parent of a child with special needs can participate. The study is directed by Carl Dunst, Ph.D. For more information, please go to our website, our facebook page, or contact Jeremy Prior by phone at 800.824.1182 or by email at