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Calls to Action


March 25, 2014

WASHINGTON, DC (March 25, 2014) -- Testifying before a Congressional panel today, Autism Speaks' Vice President for Community Affairs Jamitha Fields, urged our nation’s leaders to do more for people affected by autism in the African American and Latino communities.

March 25, 2014

WASHINGTON, DC (March 25, 2014) -- The Senate's top two leaders--Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY)--have signed on as cosponsors of the ABLE Act, a virtual green light for efforts in Congress to create tax-free savings accounts for Americans with disabilities.

December 11, 2013

WASHINGTON, DC (December 11, 2013) -- The U.S. House of Representatives today approved the Gabriella Miller Kids First Research Act on a bipartisan 295-103 vote. The bill was first announced by House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) on April 2, World Autism Awareness Day, as a way to increase federal funding for pediatric research, including autism.

November 20, 2013

WASHINGTON (November 20, 2013) -- With Congress in a state of perpetual gridlock, one piece of legislation has quietly attracted majority support from both parties, in both houses of Congress and across all geographic regions. The bill is the Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act and it would directly benefit the autism community.

October 01, 2013

WASHINGTON, DC (October 1, 2013) -- Many federal goverment activities have started shutting down as Congress failed yesterday to agree to a continuing budget resolution to keep the government running beyond September 30. Federal agencies last night submitted their shutdown plans  to the Office of Management and Budget.

March 22, 2013

WASHINGTON, DC (March 22, 2013) -- Key Congressional champions for increased autism research and services say a new federal survey which found a 1 in 50 autism prevalence rate increases the urgency for a national strategy to address the epidemic.