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Disability Policy News

AUCD's Disability Policy News (DPN) is a bi-weekly newsletter highlighting federal policy issues affecting people with disabilities and their families. (DPN) features updates in plain language and action steps that people can take to educate policymakers. DPN is published every other Monday while Congress is in session.

June 3, 2024 | Vol. MMXXIII | Issue 92

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Releases FY 2019-2023 Autism Report

On May 29th, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released the FY 2019-2023 Report to Congress on Activities Related to Autism Spectrum Disorder and Other Developmental Disabilities Under the Autism Collaboration, Accountability, Research, Education, and Support Act (Autism CARES Act) of 2019. The report is required by the Autism CARES Act of 2019 and describes autism related activities from over 25 federal departments, agencies, divisions, and offices between Fiscal Years 2019 and 2023. The report includes updated data on the Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) training programs, including the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) programs. 

As a reminder, the Autism CARES Act of 2024 (H.R. 7213) is currently in committee in the House of Representatives. In May, the bill unanimously passed the Energy and Commerce’s Subcommittee on Health and now moves to the full Energy and Commerce Committee for mark-up. The bill must be reauthorized by September 30th.

Plain Language

On May 29th, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released a report on the work the federal government is doing on autism. HHS must release this report. The House of Representatives is currently working on the Autism CARES Act of 2024 (H.R. 7213), and the bill is in committee.

Action Steps

Read the report from HHS. Read the bill text for the Autism CARES Act of 2024. Read AUCD and the Autism Society’s brief on the CARES Act. Call and educate your Members of Congress on the importance of training, research, and monitoring programs related to autism and other developmental disabilities. You can reach your Members of Congress by calling the Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121.

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