On November 12-14, Autism Speaks will host its first-ever national policy and action summit in Washington, D.C. “Autism Speaks to Washington” (#AS2DC) will bring together leaders from across the country including top Obama Administration officials, members of Congress, governors, prominent scientists and policy experts, key stakeholders, volunteers and activists to focus on a national strategy on autism.
Speakers include House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (VA), Senator Robert Menendez (NJ), Rep. Chris Smith (NJ), Rep. Mike Doyle (Pa.), and several other top lawmakers and experts in the field of autism advocacy and research.
The summit will kick-off on Tuesday evening with an event to honor and meet members of the Congressional Autism Caucus. On Wednesday, the summit will reconvene at the George Washington University for a robust and exciting line up of keynote speakers and presentations unveiling Autism Speaks’ enhanced state and federal advocacy strategy, groundbreaking advances in science and research, and a full discussion of the barriers to, and opportunities for, addressing the housing needs of those with autism. All the presentations will be streamed live on Youtube, Ustream and Autismspeaks.org on Wednesday, November 13 from the 8:45 a.m. kickoff until 3 p.m.
This presentation will include a review and analysis of the National Housing Survey we commissioned this year, which examines what our autism families want and need for the future of their children.
Wednesday will conclude with a national summit dinner at the Fairmont Washington, D.C. for an evening with VIP guests, grassroots heroes, and lively entertainment.
On Thursday morning, Autism Speaks will take over the nation’s capital with lobby visits to all 535 members of Congress, delivering petitions from every state in the nation and a unified call to action on a national plan to address autism.