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Tuesday, January 21, 2020

The Department of Defense and Autism

In The Politics of Autism, I discuss federal spending for people with autism and other disabilities. 

From the Pentagon's Autism Research Program:
It is estimated that 1 in 59 children are diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), with over 3.5 million (M) Americans living with this developmental disorder. The Department of Defense Autism Research Program (ARP) was established in 2007 to improve the lives of individuals with ASD by funding innovative, highly impactful research. Since its inception, the ARP has received $81.9M in Congressional
appropriations. The appropriation for the ARP for fiscal year 2018 (FY18) is $7.5M. Through the program’s Areas of Interest, the ARP focuses on ways to improve diagnosis, treatment, and study of the psychosocial factors that affect key lifetime transitions to independence and a better quality of life for those with ASD and their families. To date, the ARP has funded 152 research awards, resulting in over 230 peer-reviewed publications and 20 patent applications.
A December 24 release:
The FY20 Defense Appropriation provides $15 million (M) to the Department of Defense Autism Research Program (ARP) to provide support for research of exceptional scientific merit and innovation with high impact that focuses on autism spectrum disorders (ASD). As directed by the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs, the Defense Health Agency J9, Research and Development Directorate, manages the Defense Health Program’s Research, Development, Test, and Evaluation (RDT&E) appropriation. The managing agent for the anticipated Program Announcements/Funding Opportunities is the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP) at the U.S. Army Medical Research and Development Command (USAMRDC).

Congressional Appropriations

Congressional Appropriations

  • $81.9 million
  • $7.5 million
Funding Summary