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Guild School Parent Oanh Bui Honored by Autism Insurance Resource Center As a True ‘Champion’

When Oanh Bui immigrated to the United States from Vietnam in 2008 with her daughter, “Tiny,” there was no support group to help Vietnamese-speaking parents of students with special needs navigate the thicket of school districts, government agencies and insurance companies to ensure appropriate care for their children.

Now, thanks to the hard work and dedication of Oanh, whose daughter is a day student at The Guild School, emigres from Vietnam can find support and assistance accessing high-quality special-education services for their children.

Oanh last month received the 2019 Champion Award from the Autism Insurance Resource Center (AIRC), part of the University of Massachusetts Medical School’s Eunice Kennedy Shriver Center, in recognition of her commitment to her community for establishing the Circle of Vietnamese Parents, which has grown to more than 200 families of children with special needs since its founding in 2012.

Oanh started the Circle of Vietnamese Parents at a picnic gathering, determined to help other Vietnamese families who were failing to access available services because of language barriers, the social stigma of having a child with special needs or cultural differences. The group started with just a few families, but through word of mouth continues to grow.

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ABA Inside Track Podcast: Autism Insurance Reform w/ Amy Weinstock – Autism Insurance Resource Center Director

Not a day goes by that the treatment and care for children with autism and their families isn’t in the news.  Sadly, many recent headlines have focused on the alarming challenges that these families face in looking for effective treatment (i.e., ABA) even with the sweeping changes to insurance coverage of autism treatment signed into law in nearly all the U.S.  Luckily, we had an amazing opportunity to speak to Amy Weinstock of the Autism Insurance Resource Center about this and other topics related to insurance for autism treatment including a discussion of her important role in bringing this legislation to Massachusetts, her ongoing work to support families in understanding their rights under the law, and what all BCBAs need to know about insurance.

Listen here.