Family Resources

Health Care Coverage for Adults with Autism and Other Disabilities

This presentation focuses on health care coverage for adults with autism and other disabilities. Topics include: private and public insurance benefits as children transition into adulthood, keeping adult disabled dependents on a parent’s private insurance past the age of 26, social security and how it impacts coverage, and strategies for maximizing access to insurance-funded treatments.


Amy Weinstock is the Director of the Autism Insurance Resource Center at the University of Massachusetts Medical School’s Eunice Kennedy Shriver Center, and an instructor in the medical school’s Department of Psychiatry. 

She has an extensive background on insurance issues related to autism and has played a key role in passing several significant pieces of autism insurance legislation in Massachusetts, including the groundbreaking 2010 law requiring health insurance to cover medically necessary treatment for autism. Amy also serves as a trustee of the Riverview School, and as a Commissioner on the State’s Autism Commission.

Following a successful career in real estate and banking, Amy, the parent of a child on the autism spectrum, decided to merge her personal passions and professional experience. 

She completed a Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) fellowship at the Eunice Kennedy Shriver Center in 2005. 

Following this, she served as President of the outreach organization of the Lurie Center for Autism at Massachusetts General Hospital for two years prior to her appointment as Chair of the Insurance Committee for Advocates for Autism of Massachusetts (AFAM).

Amy’s work has been recognized through numerous awards including the Federation for Children with Special Needs Martha H. Ziegler Founders Award, the Margaret L. Bauman Award for Excellence, the Massachusetts ARC’s Distinguished Citizens Award, the Autism Speaks Advocacy Award, the Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation’s Shining Star and Essential piece awards, and the Northeast ARC’s Edward C. O’Keefe Memorial Award. 

She is a graduate of Wellesley College and received a Masters of Architecture from Harvard University.

Acquiring the Skills That Lead to Resiliency

Robert shares his work at LIFE during the pandemic, and discuss a clinical approach to supporting the development of skills in the people we serve that lead to resiliency.


Robert S. Smith, M.A., M.Ed., LABA, BCBA is a licensed applied behavior analyst, a board-certified behavior analyst, a licensed special educator, and consultant to organizations serving individuals with disabilities and mental health conditions across the lifespan. 

He has over 15 years of experience implementing positive behavior supports within organizations and providing educational and clinical support to individuals with developmental disabilities and mental health diagnoses. Robert is a certified trainer in Non-Violent Crisis Intervention and has provided certification training to hundreds of individuals. 

He has served as a senior level therapist for Massachusetts’ Department of Developmental Services’ Autism Waiver Program and provides post graduate practicum supervision to those seeking board certification as a behavior analyst throughout the United States. Robert specializes in assessing and treating individuals with explosive and unsafe behavior, conducting functional analyses, teaching social skills, designing individualized skill acquisition plans, developing coping skills, training staff and providing programmatic development consultation to organizations.

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LIFE, Living Independently Forever, Inc., is a non-profit organization, providing supportive services for independent living for adults with learning and intellectual disabilities. LIFE services individuals all across Cape Cod. We have plans for further expansion.

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