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AWARE October-December 2012 Volume 6, No. 4


“The Right Services...To the Right People...At the Right Time!”

Autism insurance

Recycled elk

Coverage for ABA and other services could be an issue in 2013 Legislature By Jim Tracy


t the close of the 2009 Montana Legislature, families of children with autism heralded the passage of Senate Bill 234, the legislation that requires insurance companies to cover treatment for their children. Three years later, many of those same parents – and the advocates who support them – are discussing how to improve coverage for autism services, perhaps with additional legislation in the 2013 session. SB 234, also known as Brandon’s Bill, requires insurers to cover up to $50,000 annually See Brandon’s Bill on page 11

AWARE Inc. signs deal to sell Apostrophe at Barnes & Noble

Staff and visitors have been admiring this sculpture in AWARE’s corporate office in Anaconda. The plastic bottle and aluminum can elk, complete with ruffled breast and antlers, was created by Billings artist Justin Johnson in AWARE’s Growth Thru Art program. Johnson’s art ranges from sculpture to paint to comic books. The elk, examined here by CEO Larry Noonan (left) and Chief Habilitation Officer Mike Schulte, is made entirely of recycled materials. Artists enrolled in Growth Thru Art are encouraged to pursue whichever medium they desire: paints, drawing, pottery, sculpture, weaving, poetry or even dance. For information regarding Growth Thru Art, contact Cheryl Raynock at 406.656.0928 or email her at


Note to staff and friends

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AWARE attending The Arc Convention — Page 5

Look for Apostrophe magazine on the front shelf at Barnes & Noble stores on Nov. 19. AWARE, publisher of the popular magazine for people with developmental disabilities, has signed an agreement with Disticor of Toronto to distribute Apostrophe to Barnes & Noble stores across the United States and Canada. AWARE Ink News Briefs — Page 7

Apostrophe will be on the front shelf of Barnes & Noble magazine shelves across the United States beginning Nov. 19.

Corporate Congress details explained — Page 8

November-December Calendar of events — Page 10

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