NEW YORK, N.Y. (September 23, 2010) Autism Speaks, the nations largest autism science and advocacy organization, today applauds the U.S. House of Representatives for passing the Training and Research for Autism Improvements Nationwide, which would provide for grants and technical assistance to improve services rendered to children and adults with autism, and their families. Floor debate on the bill was held yesterday with comments from Congressmen Chris Smith (NJ-4), Michael Doyle (PA-14), Frank Pallone Jr. (NJ-6), and Edward Whitfield (KY-1). The bill was passed today in a vote of 393 to 24 and will now head to the Senate for consideration.
Watch the House Floor Debate on the TRAIN Act (September 22, 2010):
Introduced on July 22, 2010 by Congressman Doyle, the TRAIN Act would also expand the number of University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Education, Research, and Service.
"Autism Speaks once again thanks Representatives Doyle and Smith for their leadership in getting the TRAIN Act passed by the House, said Peter Bell, executive vice president from programs & services for Autism Speaks. This legislation will go a long way in developing innovative approaches to providing autism services. We hope that it will serve as a building block to reauthorize and expand the Combating Autism Act in the near future."
Individuals on the autism spectrum often need assistance in the areas of comprehensive early intervention, health, recreation, job training, employment, housing, transportation, and early, primary, secondary, and post-secondary education. There is a shortage of appropriately trained personnel across numerous important disciplines who are able to provide services and supports to children and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and related developmental disabilities and their families.
The TRAIN Act would establish a national autism training initiative, as well as grants to provide individuals with interdisciplinary training, continuing education, technical assistance, and information in order to improve services to children and adults with autism and their families.