AUCD advocates for policies that promote research and training on Autism Spectrum Disorders and enhance services for individuals with autism and their families. Visit AUCD's Action Center and click on "Current Legislation" to see the the latest bills related to autism.
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The Autism Collaboration, Accountability, Research, Education, and Support Act of 2014 or the Autism CARES Act (H.R. 4631; S. 2449) will reauthorize the Combating Autism Reauthorization Act of 2011 for five years.
"AUCD is so pleased to see that Congress has worked in a bipartisan, bicameral way to reach consensus on a bill to reauthorize a law that is so important to so many people with ASD and other DD and their families," stated Kim Musheno, AUCD's Director of Public Policy. "We hope the Senate will take quick action as well."
On June 9, 2014 Senators Menendez and Enzi introduced the Autism CARES Act, a bill to reauthorize the Combating Autism Act. The Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities released this statement of support.
Text of the Bill (S. 1259)
To amend the Public Health Services Act to provide research, training, and navigator services to youth and young adults on the verge of aging out of the secondary educational system, and for other purposes.
Text of legislation introduced in 2011 related to Autism Spectrum Disorders services.
Text of the law
House and Senate bills to reauthorize the Combating Autism Act of 2006 for an additional three years at fiscal year 2011 funding levels.
Text of the law
The purpose of the Interdisciplinary Technical Assistance Center (ITAC) on Autism and Developmental Disabilities at AUCD is to improve the health of infants, children, and adolescents who have, or are at risk for developing, ASDs and other developmental disabilities. The Center accomplishes this by providing technical assistance to interdisciplinary training programs (i.e., the LENDs and Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics (DBP) programs) to better train professionals to utilize valid and reliable screening tools to diagnose or rule out and provide evidence-based interventions for children with ASD and other developmental disabilities.
ASA, the nation's leading grassroots autism organization, exists to improve the lives of all affected by autism.
Autism Speaks aims to bring the autism community together as one strong voice to urge the government and private sector to listen to our concerns and take action to address this urgent global health crisis.
This new website is from the CDC who are working to find out how many children have ASDs, discover the risk factors, and raise awareness of the signs.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities (NCBDDD), in collaboration with a number of national partners, launched a public awareness campaign called "Learn the Signs. Act Early." The campaign aims to educate parents about childhood development, including early warning signs of autism and other developmental disorders, and encourages developmental screening and intervention.