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Wednesday, July 3, 2024

Autism CARES Reauthorization

The Autism Collaboration, Accountability, Research, Education, and Support (CARES) Act, first enacted in 2006 and signed into law by President George W. Bush, represents a landmark in coordinated federal efforts to address the increasing prevalence of Autism. With the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) now reporting that approximately 1 in 36 kids are diagnosed with Autism and 4.5 million adults in America have Autism, the need for a comprehensive approach to Autism has never been more critical. The Autism CARES Act has established crucial programs and committees, including the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC) and various initiatives across the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), aimed at enhancing our understanding and management of Autism.


Despite significant advancements in Autism research and services, the rising diagnosis rates underscore the ongoing urgency to bolster federal response. The Autism CARES Act, reauthorized last in 2019, faces a sunset deadline of September 30th, 2024. Without timely reauthorization, the future of these essential programs and the progress they represent is at risk.

Members of Congress must act swiftly to reauthorize and enhance the Autism CARES Act. The continuation and expansion of these programs are not just a matter of policy but a necessity for the countless individuals and families affected by Autism. Together, we can ensure a future where every person with Autism has the opportunity to lead a fulfilling and supported life.

Your Voice Matters:

The House Energy and Commerce Committee passed the bill out of committee unanimously on June 12th. The bill now goes to the House floor and then the Senate to become law. Contact your Senators and Representatives today and urge them to support the reauthorization and enhancement of the Autism CARES Act. Your advocacy can make a difference in the lives of millions.