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Sunday, August 12, 2012

Autism Speaks and the Presidential Race

The 2008 campaign was the first in which presidential and vice presidential candidates spoke at any length about autism. (Hillary Clinton, in particular, had a record on disability policy dating back to her early work with the Children's Defense Fund.)  The issue has come up again in the 2012 campaign. A message from Autism Speaks:
On November 6, 2012, voters across the United States will go to the polls to elect our next President and a new Congress. Autism Speaks is asking all candidates seeking to serve our country after this election to advance a federal autism policy that will commit to these following principles:
  • a national plan to address the autism crisis with urgency
  • principled leadership to guide the federal response to autism
  • accountability for results from the federal research investment
A summary of our 2012 policy principles is here.As a tax-exempt organization, Autism Speaks does not endorse any candidates for federal office. As an informational service to the autism community, we will, from time to time, post video or other content showing how autism-related issues are being discussed in the 2012 campaign.

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