2020 Advocacy Priorities

Our Advocacy Team works across the country to achieve Autism Speaks' mission focusing on the following priorities:

Increase global understanding and acceptance of autism

Educate legislators and regulators on autism spectrum disorder to ensure policymaking benefits individuals across the spectrum.

Be a catalyst for life enhancing research breakthroughs

Increase funding for autism research at federal agencies, including the National Institutes of Health and the Department of Education.

Increase early-childhood screening and timely intervention

Ensure that individuals with autism have access to the healthcare they need, irrespective of payor (Medicaid, private insurance, etc.).

Improve outcomes for transition to adulthood across the spectrum

Increase access to home and community-based services (HCBS) for individuals and increase HCBS capacity to provide meaningful services for people with autism and their families.

Improve the quality and accessibility of employment-focused training systems for individuals with autism as well as advocating for increased employment opportunities.

Increase equitable access to high-quality postsecondary education opportunities for students with autism.

Expand support for resources and practices that keep our community safe, including Kevin and Avonte’s Law.

Make ABLE accounts widely available.

Provide appropriate training, particularly related to challenging behaviors, safety, sensory needs, and augmentative and alternative communication.

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