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October 05, 2013

WASHINGTON, DC (October 5, 2013) -- Autism Speaks has joined the American Academy of Pediatrics, Children's Hospital Association, Easter Seals and other major advocacy groups in their appeal for TRICARE to overhaul its pediatric care for military kids, including the delivery of applied behavior analysis (ABA) therapy.

July 26, 2012

WASHINGTON, DC (July 26, 2012) -- A federal judge in Washington has handed military families a major victory in their pursuit of insurance coverage for Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy for their dependents by ruling in a class action lawsuit that the Department of Defense's (DoD)  policy of limiting benefits to active duty members was "arbitrary and capricious."

May 17, 2012

NEW YORK, NY (May 17, 2012) – Autism Speaks, the nation’s leading autism advocacy and science organization, today hailed the U.S. House of Representatives for approving a bipartisan amendment that would assure all Department of Defense members of the military, regardless of their duty status, receive autism insurance benefits for their dependents.

December 23, 2011

WASHINGTON, DC (December 23, 2011) -- President Obama today signed into law an omnibus budget bill that includes an estimated $230 million in new federal funding for autism research and services, the first of three annual appropriations authorized under the Combating Autism Reauthorization Act.

August 01, 2009

Washington, DC (August 1, 2009) -- In a vote of 400-30, the U.S. House has approved $8 million in funding for the Department of Defense Autism Research Program (DoD-ARP) for Fiscal Year 2010. This funding has been included as part of the Defense Health Account in the Defense Appropriations bill and is the same level as Congress provided in FY 2009. The $8 million will go to continue funding of a research program to help military families with children who suffer from autism spectrum disorders.

September 25, 2008

Washington, D.C)  (September 25, 2008)  The Fiscal Year 2009 Defense Appropriations bill was passed by the full House by a vote of 370-58 and ncludes $8 million for the Department of Defense Autism Spectrum Disorders Research Program (DoDARP).   In last year’s FY 2008 Defense Appropriations bill, Congress included $6.4 million for this program to further the field of autism research and help improve treatments and interventions for children with autism. 

September 20, 2008

(Washington, DC - September 30, 2008) Today, President Bush signed into law H.R. 2638, an omnibus measure that in included the final Fiscal 2009 Defense, Homeland Security, Military Construction/Veterans Administration Appropriations bills as well as a stop-gap Continuing Resolution for the remainder of the appropriations bills.

August 05, 2007

WASHINGTON, DC  (August 5, 2007) The FY2008 Defense Appropriations Act passed by the House of Representatives contains an $8 million targeted appropriation for the Autism Spectrum Disorders Research Program (ASDRP). The goal of this program, launched earlier this year, is to improve treatment and intervention for military families touched by autism spectrum disorders (ASDs). This research would have the effect of benefiting all children with autism and their families.

June 13, 2006

NEW YORK (June 13, 2006) --– Autism Speaks, a non-profit organization dedicated to increasing awareness of autism and raising money to fund autism research, today praised the House of Representatives Defense Appropriations Subcommittee's passage of its FY 2007 appropriations bill which, for the first time, includes a line item for $7.5 million for research on autism spectrum disorders. The bill must now pass through the Joint Conference Committee. Each year the Department of Defense invests tens of millions of dollars in various medical research programs.