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$19 Million at Risk for New Autism Research

September 19, 2012

WASHINGTON, DC (September 19, 2012) -- The key federal agencies responsible for funding core autism research, treatment and surveillance programs face an across-the-board 8.2 percent budget cut in January, according to an analysis issued by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). If enacted, the automatic cut could eliminate more than $18.9 million in new federal funding for autism programs.

Autism Speaks Lauds Senators Casey, Isakson for Proposal to Raise Autism Funding with New Postage Stamps

May 18, 2012

WASHINGTON, DC -- Autism Speaks, the nation's leading autism science and advocacy organization, today applauded U.S. Senators Robert Casey Jr (D-PA) and Johnny Isakson (R-GA) for proposing new funding for autism research and services through the sale of autism awareness stamps by the U.S. Postal Service.

Autism Speaks to Congress: Why Do Federal Dollars for Autism Go Down When Prevalence Is On the Rise?

March 29, 2012

WASHINGTON, DC (March 29, 2012) -- Testifying before House Appropriations Committee, Peter Bell, Autism Speaks executive vice president for programs and services, said the nation's autism community is growing increasingly impatient with what it views as an inadequate federal response to the "epidemic" of autism.

NPR: CARA Passage One of Few 'Bold' Actions Taken by Congress in 2011

December 31, 2011

WASHINGTON, DC (Dec. 31, 2011) -- In a year-end review of Congress, NPR correspondent Tamara Keith reported on a professor's finding that the current Congress is on pace to be the least productive since the 1880s. The renewal of the 2006 Combating Autism Act, signed into law September 30 by President Obama, was singled out as one of the few significant achievements.