WASHINGTON, DC - (November 28, 2007) Health and Human Services Secretary Mike Leavitt announced the members appointed to the HHS' new Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC) created under the Combating Autism Act (CAA). This committee coordinates efforts within the department to combat autism spectrum disorders through research, screening, intervention, and education.The committee will facilitate the efficient and effective exchange of information on autism activities among member agencies, and coordinate autism-related programs and initiatives.
"This important committee will play a key role in coordinating autism research, services, and education related to autism spectrum disorder," Secretary Leavitt said. "I'm pleased that its members bring to the committee a wide range and great depth of expertise, including research and program administration, advocacy and personal experience with the condition."
Authorized under the CAA of 2006, the IACC advises the HHS Secretary and the Director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Secretary Leavitt delegated the authority to establish the committee to the NIH, which designated its National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) to lead this activity.
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