Previous posts have noted a surprising source of autism funding: the Defense Department. Autism Speaks reports:
House and Senate budget negotiators have agreed to continue funding the Department of Defense Autism Research Program (DoDARP) at $6 miilion in the next defense budget.
Congress has included funding for peer-reviewed autism research through the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP) since 2007. About $47 million has been set aside for autism research through the program since it started.
DoDARPs mission is to promote innovative research that advances the understanding of autism spectrum disorder and leads to improved outcomes. Each of the CDMRP research areas involve community members to find and fund the best research to eradicate or treat medical conditions.
The defense bill goes to the President to be signed into law.