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January 21, 2014

WASHINGTON, DC (January 21, 2014) -- House and Senate budget negotiators have agreed to continue funding the Department of Defense Autism Research Program (DoDARP) at $6 million in the next defense budget.

Congress has included funding for peer-reviewed autism research through the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP) since 2007. About $47 million has been set aside for autism research through the program since it started.

December 21, 2009

NEW YORK, N.Y. (December 21, 2009) – Autism Speaks, the nation’s largest autism science and advocacy organization, applauds Congress for passage of the FY 2010 Department of Defense Appropriations bill, H.R. 3326, which contains $8 million for the DoD Autism Research Program (DoDARP). This is the fourth consecutive year that Congress has funded the DoDARP through the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP), for a total of $29.9 million ($7.5 million in FY 07, $6.4 million in FY 08, $8.0 million in FY 09, and $8.0 million for FY 2010).

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. 

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.

September 26, 2006

NEW YORK (September 26, 2006) - Autism Speaks, a non-profit organization dedicated to increasing awareness of autism and raising money to fund autism research, today praised Congress for including a $7.5 million line item for Department of Defense-funded autism research in the final Fiscal 2007 Department of Defense Appropriations bill. The bill now goes to the President for his signature.

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.