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Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Autism Society Backs Autism CARES Act

From the Autism Society:
In celebration of Autism Awareness and Acceptance month, please contact your Members of Congress and ask them to co-sponsor and help move the bill to reauthorize and improve the Autism Collaboration, Accountability, Research, Education, and Supports (CARES) Act (S. 427/HR 1058). If your member(s) are co-sponsors now, please thank them (see list of current sponsors below).
Since enactment in 2006, this law has gone a long way toward training health professionals to diagnose and provide evidenced-based services to individuals on the spectrum and increasing research and awareness regarding this complex neurodevelopmental disability (see Issue Brief and ASA campaign page for more information about the law).
The bill reauthorizes the law for another five years; further expands the mission of the law to provide research, surveillance, education, and services to individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities across the lifespan. It also provides added focus on expanding services and supports for individuals with autism, among other minor improvements.
These activities will end if the law is not reauthorized by September 30, 2019!
Action Needed:
Please contact your representative and Senators. Message: Please co-sponsor the bill to reauthorize the Autism CARES Act (S. 427 and HR 1058)
Call by phone using the Capitol switchboard at (202) 224-3121 or email using the Action Center(all you need is your zip code). A sample letter is provided and can be edited.

See list of 35 House co-sponsors of House bill (HR 1058)
See list of 7 co-sponsors of Senate bill (S. 427)