NEW YORK, N.Y. (July 22, 2010) Autism Speaks, the nation's largest autism science and advocacy organization, today endorsed 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. Introduced by Congressman Michael Doyle (PA-14), the TRAIN Act would also expand the number of University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Education, Research, and Service.
Individuals on the autism spectrum often need assistance in the areas of comprehensive early intervention, health, recreation, job training, employment, housing, transportation, and early, primary, secondary, and post-secondary education. There is a shortage of appropriately trained personnel across numerous important disciplines who are able to provide services and supports to children and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and related developmental disabilities and their families.
The TRAIN Act would establish a national autism training initiative, as well as grants to provide individuals with interdisciplinary training, continuing education, technical assistance, and information in order to improve services to children and adults with autism and their families.