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Autism Speaks to Congress: Why Do Federal Dollars for Autism Go Down When Prevalence Is On the Rise?

March 29, 2012

WASHINGTON, DC (March 29, 2012) -- Testifying before House Appropriations Committee, Peter Bell, Autism Speaks executive vice president for programs and services, said the nation's autism community is growing increasingly impatient with what it views as an inadequate federal response to the "epidemic" of autism.

"We are increasingly frustrated and frankly confused by what appears to be a lack of will from Washington," Bell said. "When the number of people on the spectrum is going up, why would the dollars for autism research and prevention be going down?"

Read the testimony here.