Fiscal year 2020 budget proposal eliminates funding for key programs serving people with autism

April 1, 2019

The administration’s fiscal year 2020 budget proposal eliminates funding for key programs serving children and adults with autism. This proposal includes cuts to special education technical assistance and proposes to eliminate the supported employment program within the Department of Education. Within the Department of Health and Human Services, significant cuts are proposed to Medicaid, which is the single largest source of health care and long-term services and supports for people with autism.

Further cuts are proposed to Autism CARES activities at the Heath Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). Since 2006, HRSA has funded critical training, education and health care services for people and families affected by autism. These activities are critical in ensuring people with autism have access to personalized, quality healthcare that addresses the many different medical complexities associated with autism spectrum disorder.

Autism Speaks is disappointed that the administration’s 2020 budget calls for eliminating this crucial funding. In the fiscal year 2019 Labor, Health and Human Services appropriations bill signed by President Trump, autism services within HRSA were increased. It is our hope that the same will remain true in the 2020 budget.

Autism Speaks remains steadfast in our commitment to advocate for increased federal supports for people with autism across the spectrum and throughout the life span. We encourage all of our advocates to make their voices heard by calling Congress and asking them to pass the Autism CARES Act of 2019.

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