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Calls to Action

Rep. Chris Smith

July 24, 2014

WASHINGTON, DC (July 24, 2014) -- A House subcommittee heard expert testimony yesterday on the global challenges and advances occurring with autism research and services, with a special focus on the needs of individuals transitioning into adulthood. Michael Rosanoff, Autism Speaks' associate director of public health research, briefed the members on the Global Autism Public Health Initiative launched by Autism Speaks in 2008.

May 12, 2014

WASHINGTON, DC (May 12, 2014) -- A proposed five-year extension of the Combating Autism Act has been introduced in Congress, calling for $260 million annually in new federal funding, a revamped Interagency Autism Coordinating Council (IACC), and an initiative to address the growing needs of adults with autism. The law will sunset September 30 unless extended by Congress and President Obama.

April 25, 2012

WASHINGTON, DC (April 25, 2012) --  The Congressional Autism Caucus hosted a Capitol Hill briefing on the recently announced increase in the prevalence of autism and a related study showing how the costs to society and individual families for autism care have soared. The briefing was conducted as Congress weighed budget measures that could cripple the ability of the federal government to continue tracking the growth in autism.

September 23, 2010

NEW YORK, N.Y. (September 23, 2010) – Autism Speaks, the nation’s largest autism science and advocacy organization, today applauds the U.S. House of Representatives for passing the Training and Research for Autism Improvements Nationwide, which would provide for grants and technical assistance to improve services rendered to children and adults with autism, and their families. Floor debate on the bill was held yesterday with comments from Congressmen Chris Smith (NJ-4), Michael Doyle (PA-14), Frank Pallone Jr. (NJ-6), and Edward Whitfield (KY-1).