Wright Urges Autism Community to Resist Potential Federal Research Funding Cuts

WEST PALM BEACH, FL (March 4, 2012) -- With the budget clock ticking, Autism Speaks Co-founder Bob Wright today called on the nation's autism community to urge Congress to protect $21.3 million in autism funding that could be in jeopardy.

The President's 2013 budget request includes this amount to support autism spectrum disorders research and surveillance at the national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a slight increase from 2012. But the money for 2013 for the first time is linked to the politically sensitive Prevention and Public Health Fund, which was created by the Affordable Care Act, the health care law of 2010 whose constitutionality will soon be decided by the Supreme Court.

Autism Speaks is concerned that the budget proposal jeopardizes this vital autism funding. Wright said the autism funding, which was authorized last year through the Combating Autism Reauthorization Act, should be considered independently by Congress.

Autism Votes will be leading the effort to protect the funding.