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“As a Marine Corps wife and mother of 3 (one with autism), the continuity of care issues military families with disabilities face are very real to me. Access to current resources and information is essential for a parent and their role as their child's advocate. I applaud the efforts of the Autism Speaks Family Services team in building this online multi-state resource for families impacted by autism. This resource is constantly evolving as new and additional information is gained.

Many military families are impacted by autism. Over 23,000 military dependents have a diagnosis on the autism spectrum. These families are substantially affected by the financial and emotional costs of raising a child with autism.

Military life is particularly difficult for children with autism and their families. Given the frequent duty station changes and social turmoil of military service, military children with autism often face additional challenges with which their civilian counterparts do not have to contend.

Military families finally got their say before Congress today about the injustice of losing autism benefits for their children when they retire, even when due to being wounded in action. More than 100 members of the military and their supporters jammed into a Capitol Hill briefing today to talk about the special difficulties military families face caring for children with autism.

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.

June 02, 2009

NEW YORK, NY (June 2, 2009) -- Autism Speaks, the nation's largest autism science and advocacy organization, today applauded Senator Kristen Gillibrand’s (D-NY) introduction of the Uniformed Services with Autism (USA) Heroes Act, a senate companion bill to H.R. 1600. The legislation would require expanded coverage by TRICARE -- the Department of Defense's health care program for members of the uniformed services and their families -- of medically necessary autism therapies for military dependents who have autism.

April 30, 2009

Washington, DC (April 30, 2009) -- Autism Speaks today thanked Representatives Joe Sestak, Walter B. Jones, and Ciro Rodriguez for their introduction of H.R.

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.