WASHINGTON, DC (March 20, 2013) -- Responding to today's report of a 1 in 50 autism prevalence rate, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) posted a blog on the Autism Speaks Facebook page pledging to make autism a House Republican priority.
"Today's news that 1 in 50 school kids has autism is sobering," Cantor wrote. "These children and their hardworking parents are overcoming challenges on a daily basis, and in Congress we must prioritize policies that will assist them."
Cantor was responding to the release of findings by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention which found a 1 in 50 prevalence rate in a telephone survey of 100,000 parents nationally with children aged 6 to 17. The findings do not replace the official 1 in 88 prevalence rate. (To learn more about the study, go here)
In his blog post, Cantor said House Republicans this year "will renew our focus on school choice, which allows parents with autistic children to find the best school that suits their needs. This is critically important. We will also address prioritizing medical research funding, so that we can continue to study the cause and treatment of disorders such as autism.
"Working with parents and organizations like Autism Society and Autism Speaks," he continued, "I know we can take positive steps forward. On April 2, World Autism Day, we will have an opportunity to reflect on these issues, and the children they affect."