"As a parent to a young child with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), I understand the anxiety that other parents and guardians must feel as their child grows into an adult and is faced with the need to become independent," said Rep. Sredzinski. "We are here to fight for the policies that make this transition more empowering for ASD individuals and less challenging for their families. I thank all those who attended Autism Awareness Day and ask you to continue using your voice to raise awareness about the gaps in the services you rely on." The Connecticut Autism Advocacy Coalition holds an Advocacy Day each year to celebrate the progress made on behalf of the Connecticut Autism community. Their goal is to continue building on existing possibilities and opportunities for individuals and families impacted by ASD. Priority areas include early intervention, employment, family supports, housing, and education.Four young adults spoke at the event and shared the stories of the unique challenges they have overcome. Assistive Technology was also featured to educate legislators on available resources.Two pieces of related legislation that Rep. Sredzinski co sponsored this year include House Bill (HB) 7168, which would ensure that persons with ASD receive transitional services from the Department of Developmental Services (DDS) and are eligible for Medicaid coverage despite family earnings; and HB 5559, which would improve communication between persons with ASD and law enforcement officers by requiring the Commissioner of Motor Vehicles to make available, upon request by a person with ASD, a blue envelope to contain such person's operator's license, registration and insurance card. Both bills passed unanimously today in the House and will be sent up to the Senate for a vote.
Arsenal s Alex Iwobi and Kelechi Iheanacho of Manchester City are in the running for various CAF Awards. In the category of Most Promising Talent, Iheanacho is listed with fellow Nigerian Oghenekaro Etebo, Guinean Naby Keita, Elia Meshack of DR Congo and Ramadan Soby of Egypt. Iheanacho scored in four consecutive matches for the Super Eagles against Mali, Luxembourg, Tanzania and Zambia, and had been quite impressive for his English top tier club, for whom he scored in the UEFA Champions League last week. Etebo was the hero of Nigeria s bronze medal feat at the Olympics in Brazil, scoring four goals in the 5 4 thumping of Japan. The Youth Player of the Year list was headed by Iwobi, who scored Nigeria s first goal of the 2018 FIFA World Cup race, away to Zambia in Ndola in October. He contests with Ghanaians Eric Ayiah and Sandra Owusu Ansah, Ivorian Franck Kessie and Mali U20 ace Sidiki Maiga. Super Falcons forward Asisat Oshoala was listed alongside South African Janine Van Wyk, Ghanaian Elizabeth Addo and Cameroonians Gabrielle Aboudi Onguene and Raissa Feudjio Tchuanyo for the Women s Player of the Year. Oshoala won the award in 2014, alongside being named Youth Player of the Year. Cameroonian Gaelle Deborah Enganamouit was named Women s Player of the Year 2015. Florence Omagbemi, the only person to have won the Women Africa Cup of Nations as captain and coach, contests for Coach of the Year with DR Congo s Florent Ibenge, Uganda Coach Milutin Sredojevic, Nacer Sandjak of CAF Confederation Cup winners MO Bejaia and Pitso Mosimane of CAF Champions League winners Mamelodi Sundowns. Nigeria s Super Falcons will battle for Women s Team of the Year with Cameroon, Ghana, South Africa and Zimbabwe, while Nigeria s U23 team, bronze winners at the Olympics, will tug with DR Congo (CHAN winners), Senegal, Guinea Bissau and Uganda (the last two for qualifying for 2017 AFCON). Guinea Bissau is making its debut, while Uganda is back among the elites of African football after 38 years. Sundowns, Bejaia, TP Mazembe, Zamalek and Zesco United compete for Club of the Year, while Gambian Papa Gassama, Egyptian Ghead Grisha and Senegalese Malang Diedhiou are in the race for Referee of the Year. Incidentally, Gassama handled the Nigeria Algeria 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier in Uyo, while Grisha was in charge of the first qualifying match away to Zambia in Ndola. The awards ceremony is slated for January 5 in Abuja.