Federal Funding Initiatives For Autism

The current federal funding law for autism, the Combating Autism Act, was enacted in 2006 and then reauthorized for another three years in 2011. The original law was signed by President George W. Bush and the reauthorization bill was signed in 2011 by President Obama. A new reauthorization bill--Autism CARES--is now moving through Congress. Total funding under the act has exceeded $1.7 billion for autism research, services, training and monitoring by the National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Health Resources and Services Administration. 


WASHINGTON, DC (June 25, 2014) -- Less than 24 hours after being approved by the House, legislation renewing the federal government's funding response to autism for another five years cleared the...
(June 25, 2014) -- This morning, Autism Speaks Co-Founder Bob Wright talked on C-SPAN about the rising rates of autism and the need for funding for autism research. The U.S. House of...
WASHINGTON, DC (June 24, 2014) -- The U.S. House of Representatives tonight approved a five-year extension of federal funding for autism research, monitoring and other activities with strong...
WASHINGTON, DC (June 12, 2014) -- The Consortium of Citizens with Disabilities (CCD), a coalition of 110 national disabilities organizations, has announced its support for Autism CARES, the amended...
WASHINGTON, DC (June 10, 2014) -- Legislation to renew and rename the Combating Autism Act was introduced in the Senate while a House version cleared committee and was sent to the House floor....
WASHINGTON, DC (June 4, 2014) -- A coalition of 36 national disabilities organizations, including Autism Speaks, the American Academy of Pediatrics, Easter Seals, The Arc, National Down Syndrome...
WASHINGTON, DC (May 28, 2014) -- A House panel today quickly approved the Combating Autism Reauthorization Act (CARA), HR.4631, adopting amendments worked out with supporters in the Senate. The...
WASHINGTON, DC (May 20, 2014) -- A House committee closely questioned federal officials today about the prioritization of genetic over environmental research on autism, as well as the...
WASHINGTON, DC (May 12, 2014) -- A proposed five-year extension of the Combating Autism Act has been introduced in Congress, calling for $260 million annually in new federal funding, a...
WASHINGTON, DC (March 27, 2014) -- Members of the U.S. House of Representatives issued the following statements today in response to the new autism prevalence estimates made by the Centers...

Federal Funding Helpful Links

The Autism Collaboration, Accountability, Research, Education and Support Act (Autism CARES)

The Combating Autism Reauthorization Act (CARA) of 2011

The Combating Autism Act (CAA) of 2006

Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC)

        Reports to Congress


Read Autism Law Needs Reauthorization - International Business Times (December 21, 2010)

CARA Bill History

Dec. 23, 2011: President Obama signs FY12 budget bill appropriating first $230 million allocation under CARA

Sept. 30, 2011: President Obama signs the Combating Autism Reauthorization Act of 2011 into law

Statements by:
Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ)
Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ)

Sept. 27, 2011: CARA voted out of Senate by unanimous consent and sent President Obama
Senate vote
Statement from Sen. Menendez

Sept. 20, 2011: U.S. House of Representatives approves the Combating Autism Reauthorization Act by voice vote.
Statements by:
Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ)
Rep. Mike Doyle (D-PA)
Rep. Smith's floor remarks

Sept. 7, 2011: Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee moves S.1094 out of committee by unanimous voice vote for Senate floor vote.

Statements by:
Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ)
Sen. Michael Bennet (D-CO) 

May 26, 2011: Combating Autism Reauthorization Act of 2011 introduced in the Senate (S-1094)  and in the House (HR-2005.) S-1094 referred to Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions; HR 2005 referred to House Committee on Energy and Commerce.