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Autism Speaks Enlists in Joint Appeal to Senate to Complete Action on CARA

September 21, 2011

WASHINGTON, DC (September 21, 2011) -- Autism Speaks, the nation’s largest autism science and advocacy organization, joined with lawmakers and other leaders in the autism community at a Capitol Hill press conference today to urge the U.S. Senate to approve the Combating Autism Reauthorization Act as a critical September 30 deadline looms.

Autism Speaks Enlists in Joint Appeal to Senate to Complete Action on CARA

September 21, 2011

WASHINGTON, DC (September 21, 2011) -- Autism Speaks, the nation’s largest autism science and advocacy organization, joined with lawmakers and other leaders in the autism community at a Capitol Hill press conference today to urge the U.S. Senate to approve the Combating Autism Reauthorization Act as a critical September 30 deadline looms.

Advancements Under the Combating Autism Act of 2006:

January 01, 2011
  • New prevalence studies published by the CDC reports that ASD now affects roughly 1% of children in the US (1 in 110) and an even higher percentage of boys.
     
  • American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that all children be screened for autism at their 18- and 24-month checkups. Today, scientists are exploring ways to identify ASD in the first year of life.
     

Advancements Under the Combating Autism Act of 2006:

January 01, 2011
  • New prevalence studies published by the CDC reports that ASD now affects roughly 1% of children in the US (1 in 110) and an even higher percentage of boys.
     
  • American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that all children be screened for autism at their 18- and 24-month checkups. Today, scientists are exploring ways to identify ASD in the first year of life.
     

House Passes FY 09 Appropriations Bill Containing $8 Million for DoDARP

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. 

Conference Committee Approves Increase in Budget for Autism Services and Treatment

November 01, 2007

WASHINGTON, DC  (November 1, 2007) -- The joint House and Senate conference committee approved $37 million for autism services and treatment programs at the Health and Human Services's Health Resources and Services Administration. This represents a $17 million increase over last year's level, and is the amount authorized by the Combating Autism Act, which was signed into law last year.