Our Work:

Utilizing different advocacy strategies, the National Autism Law Center (NALC) works to enforce and extend the legal rights of those with autism to improve access to the treatment, services, and supports they deserve so they may achieve
productive, dignified, and secure lives. The NALC will serve as a resource to individuals with autism and their families across the country, and to the providers and attorneys who support them.

Litigation and Legal Support
  • Support providers, parents, and advocates with cutting edge case law and legal analyses.
  • Serve as co-counsel and provide litigation support including expert information to attorneys handling cases that will significantly impact the autism community.
  • Assist individuals and families in precedential legal actions against state Medicaid agencies, school districts, and insurers on issues of broad impact to the autism community.
  • File “friend of the court” Amicus briefs in cases that will significantly impact the autism community.
  • Participate in dispute resolution to resolve legal issues that will significantly impact the autism community.
  • Provide advice and litigation support to attorneys handling cases which will significantly impact the autism community.
  • Provide referrals for attorneys with knowledge of autism and the relevant law.
  • Develop a litigation support grant program to fund, through grant money, other firms, attorneys, and organizations seeking financial support to bring forward cases that will have precedential importance for the autism community.
Information and Training
  • Serve as a national information clearinghouse to gather, analyze, and disseminate data on insurer denials and practices for use by attorneys, legislatures, and policymakers and to empower stakeholders and support legal and policy advocacy initiatives.
  • Publish and disseminate legal white papers on key issues pertaining to autism, and provide case summaries, legal analyses, and other powerful information resources to stakeholders.
  • Train attorneys handling significant cases that will impact the autism community.
  • Work to increase the use of civil rights laws to protect the rights of those with autism.
  • Offer educational services to individuals through an annual conference for attorneys who are involved in policy issues relating to  autism, specifically with respect to litigation and related advocacy.
  • Offer legislative testimony and expert analysis to governmental agencies, healthcare stakeholders, and task forces.
Creating Community
  • Foster good will and enhanced credibility among policymakers, regulators, and parent groups.
  • Coordinate efforts of disability protection and advocacy agencies, legal aid programs, private attorneys, and parent groups for maximum impact.
  • Plan an annual conference for attorneys who are involved in policy issues relating to autism, specifically with respect to litigation and related advocacy.
Policy Advocacy
  • Work with government agencies to secure favorable regulatory guidance and improve audit and enforcement efforts to address the unique challenges faced by those with autism and prevent improper barriers in the first place.
  • Pursue systematic, comprehensive reforms and provide state, regional, and national advocacy on issues affecting all providers.
  • Educate policymakers and regulators on matters that affect individuals on the autism spectrum and their families by providing legislative
    testimony and expert analysis to governmental agencies, healthcare stakeholders, and task forces.

Advocacy Areas:

Insurance
  • Using antidiscrimination laws to expand access to effective ABA-based supports needed to access employment, housing, and education.
  • Ensuring that the benefits of improved treatments are realized by combating systemic healthcare discrimination against individuals with autism and their families.
Education
  • Promoting the educational rights of children with disabilities by, among other things, improving the standard for services, access to independent examinations, and access to evidence-based behavioral health services.
Adult Transitions
  • Employment
  • Housing
  • Social/Recreational
  • Special Needs Trusts, ABLE Accounts, and Financial Planning
  • Powers of Attorney and Conservatorships
  • Government Benefits
  • Post-Secondary Education

Recent Work:

Insurance
  • NALC has provided advice to providers on health insurance and Medicaid coverage and has assisted autism stakeholders in securing access to autism treatment.
  • NALC conducts various training and educational activities to educate non-lawyer healthcare professionals and other stakeholders about legal considerations relevant to their practices, such as insurance laws, laws applicable to Medicaid agencies, and False Claims Act.
Education
  • NALC has filed an Amicus brief with SCOTUS in the Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District case and has advised providers in assisting clients seeking coverage for treatments.
Adult Transitions