As a result of a lobbying effort led by former United States Senator, Slade Gorton (R-WA), on behalf of Cure Autism Now, the Department of Defense Fiscal Year 2005 Appropriations Conference Report now includes autism among a list of disorders which the Congress is recommending to the Pentagon's Peer Reviewed Medical Research Program for funding in the coming year.
Thanks to the efforts of Senator Domenici (R-NM) and, particularly, the support of the Appropriations Defense Subcommittee Chairman, Senator Stevens (R-AK) and Ranking Member, Senator Inouye (D-HI), the autism community has, for the first time, the opportunity to receive Department of Defense medical research dollars for autism research. This funding would be in addition to the research dollars obtained from the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control.
Cure Autism Now wishes to thank the other organizations which joined together earlier this year as part of the Coalition in Support of Defense Department Funding for Autism Research (Autism Coalition for Research and Education, Autism Society of America, Dan Marino Foundation, Doug Flutie, Jr. Foundation, First Signs, National Alliance for Autism Research, New Jersey COSAC, Organization for Autism Research and Unlocking Autism). Finally, we would like to thank the many families across the country who contacted their representatives in Washington in support of this great result.