Center for Autism and Related Disorders' Public Policy Director Honored by Autism Speaks for Advocacy Efforts

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Julie Kornack was recognized at the annual Autism Law Summit for her contributions to the autism community, including her efforts to ensure compliance with state mandates throughout the nation.

Center for Autism and Related Disorders’ public policy director, Julie Kornack, has been recognized by Autism Speaks for her advocacy efforts on behalf of the autism community at the annual Autism Law Summit, co-sponsored by Autism Speaks and the Autism Legal Resource Center.

Each year, advocates, health care providers, lawyers, and legislators convene at the Autism Law Summit to learn about legislative victories and priorities and identify obstacles to services and supports. The event culminates in the recognition of individuals whose work has contributed significantly to the autism community. In her work as director of public policy for the Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD), Ms. Kornack has strengthened the California autism mandate, co-founded the National Coalition for Access to Autism Services (NCAAS) to preserve and increase access to autism treatment, and worked with legislators, regulators, health care providers, and advocates to ensure families affected by autism spectrum disorder have access to the services they need. CARD, the world’s largest provider of evidence-based autism treatment, is unique in its commitment to public policy.

“In a year when advocacy has played such a critical role in the preservation of health care, it’s humbling to be recognized by Autism Speaks,” said Julie Kornack. “It has never been more important to keep the focus on meaningful and affordable access to health care, and I’m fortunate to have the opportunity to work with so many great people and organizations in that endeavor.”

"I’m happy to see Julie get the recognition she deserves,” said Doreen Granpeesheh, Ph.D., BCBA-D, CEO and founder of CARD. “CARD recognizes the importance of having a voice in the development of laws and regulations that impact the autism community. Julie is instrumental in ensuring that we communicate effectively with legislators and regulators, and we often find a willingness to collaborate that is critical to policymaking.”

In addition to Ms. Kornack, this years’ honorees included Lisa Riley, an Alabama parent who was instrumental in securing passage of the state’s autism insurance reform law, as well as the state legislators who sponsored the initiative, Senator Cam Ward, Senator Tom Whatley, and Speaker Mac McCutcheon, who were each named Legislator of the Year. Alabama State Representative Jim Patterson, who passed away suddenly earlier this year, received the award for Legislator of the Year posthumously for his leadership in advancing Alabama’s autism mandate.

About Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD)
CARD treats individuals of all ages who are diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) at treatment centers around the globe. CARD was founded in 1990 by leading autism expert and clinical psychologist Doreen Granpeesheh, PhD, BCBA-D. CARD treats individuals with ASD using the principles of applied behavior analysis (ABA), which is empirically proven to be the most effective method for treating individuals with ASD and recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the US Surgeon General. For more information, visit or call (855) 345-2273.


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