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New numbers show one in 68 children tested has autism, a 29 percent increase since 2008.  Image by J. Durham

HARRISBURG, Pa. – The numbers of children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders have surged, according to the latest figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and advocates in Pennsylvania are not overly surprised. Those new numbers show one in 68 children tested ...Read More

PHOTO: Commonwealth consumers with questions about health care have at least one reliable place to turn: A Helpline staffed by qualified counselors at Health Care For All that handles about 30,000 questions a year. Courtesy: HCFA

BOSTON - Although things have calmed down a bit since the open-enrollment period just ended, the folks at the nonprofit Health Care for All still expect their phone to keep ringing - thousands of times a month. Hannah Frigand, who manages the Helpline, said the third-most-asked question is, "How do ...Read More

Photo: Rep Paul Ryan calls the 5 trillion dollars in cuts in the GOP budget a "path to prosperity" but NH advocates say they could be devastating to Granite Staters of all ages.

CONCORD, N.Y. – Most simply call it the Ryan budget – the House spending plan that calls for $5 trillion in cuts over 10 years. Local advocates say it could be devastating for Granite Staters of all ages. Stephen Gorin, executive director of the National Association of Social Workers ...Read More

Public schools have found themselves dealing with fewer dollars for staff and programs since the charter school reimbursement was pulled in Pennsylvania.  Photo courtesy of PublicDomainPics.net.

HARRISBURG, Pa. - Educators say the loss of state funding for helping communities in Pennsylvania accommodate the financial effect of charter schools is translating to larger class sizes, and less money for staff, programs and textbooks. According to Susan Gobreski, executive director of the group ...Read More

PHOTO: Sabine and Aiden lived out of the boy's stroller at South Station and in an emergency room until qualifying for shelter admission. Commonwealth doctors and educators are joining advocates urging a change in eligibility requirements for emergency shelter. Credit: MLRI.

BOSTON – Advocates for the homeless say they'll continue to fight to change a regulation that sometimes requires homeless families with children to live in places unfit for human habitation before becoming eligible for a shelter. Last fall Sabine, a Boston nursing assistant, kept all her ear ...Read More

The Susquehanna River, tops on the American Rivers 2011 Most Endangered Rivers list, is not on the list at all this year. Photo courtesy of publicdomainpics.net.

HARRISBURG, Pa. – How does a Pennsylvania river considered the most endangered in the nation in a 2011 report manage to drop off the list altogether? Three years ago, when the group American Rivers issued its annual list of America's Ten Most Endangered Rivers, the Susquehanna sat at the ver ...Read More

PHOTO: Participants at the NYS Interfaith Convocation for Immigration Reform started a week of activities that culminate with today's National Day of Action. Photo credit: C. Bonawandt, Long Island Wins

NEW YORK - New York supporters of immigration reform are sending messages to the White House and Congress today that Washington needs to step it up and take action. In fact, today has been declared a National Day of Action regarding immigration reform. Maryann Sinclair Slutsky, executive director ...Read More

ILLUSTRATION: April is both Child Abuse Prevention Month and Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Prevention advocates in New York and nationwide report progress and problems. Photo credit:  FreeDigitalPhotos.net

BETHPAGE, N.Y. - If there's a message, it's: "If you see something, say something." April is both Child Abuse Prevention Month and Sexual Assault Awareness Month, and advocates fighting to protect minors say progress is made when people learn to step up and report abuse. Anthony Zenkus, director o ...Read More

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