Autism CARES

 

Your Advocacy is Needed!

The Autism CARES Act - which has expanded research and coordination, increased public awareness and surveillance, and expanded interdisciplinary health professional training, including LENDs, to identify and support children and youth with Autism and their families - will sunset (expire) on September 30, 2019, without a successful reauthorization. Bills (HR. 1058, S. 427) to reauthorize the Act have been introduced and need co-sponsors.

Action Steps:

  • Contact your Congressional delegation and make sure they are engaged in the reauthorization.
    • Check the House List and if your Representative has not yet co-sponsored call them and ask them to do so. Capitol Switchboard: (202) 224-3121; (voice) 202 224-3091 (TTY)
      • Sample Script: "I am [Name] from [State]. I have seen the impact of Autism CARES and the lives changed because of this important legislation. I urge you to support and co-sponsor H.R: 1058."
    • Check the Senate List and if one or both of your Senators has not yet co-sponsored call them and ask them to do so. Capitol Switchboard: (202) 224-3121; (voice) 202 224-3091 (TTY)
      • Sample Script: "I am [Name] from [State]. I have seen the impact of Autism CARES and the lives changed because of this important legislation. I urge you to support and co-sponsor S.427"
  • If you are in a district where you members are already co-sponsors, educate members of your social circle who live in other areas and ask them to call. Your story and ask can help others become engaged.

 

 
 

History of CARES Legislation

 
 

What is CARES?

  • Autism CARES Act Summary
    • Since it was first enacted in 2006, the law has helped to expand research and coordination, increase public awareness and surveillance, and expand interdisciplinary health professional training to identify and support children and youth with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and their families.
 
 

What program and activities are a part of CARES?

Summary of Programs

CARES impacts many different programs, learn more about how these programs fit within the federal government.

 
 

How does CARES impact LENDs?

  • About the Autism CARES Act
    • If Congress does not reauthorize funding under the Autism CARES Act, interdisciplinary diagnostic services for hundreds of thousands of children, training for tens of thousands of graduate students, and important research being conducted around the nation via LEND programs, would be eliminated after September 2019.
 
 

Invite Congress to be Champions!

  • Autism Caucus Fact Sheet
    • If your Congressmembers are already a part of the Autism Caucus, be sure to thank them for their support! If they haven’t joined yet, be sure to give them a call and educate them on why it’s important to you that they join!
 
 

2019 Reauthorization Action Item