WASHINGTON, DC (April 2, 2014) -- President Barack Obama today issued a White House proclamation recognizing World Autism Awareness Day, noting that Americans with autism are "an essential thread in the diverse tapestry of our Nation."
Obama cited the Affordable Care Act which prevents insurers from denying coverage to people because they have autism and requires preventive childhood screenings to detect autism at no out-of-pocket cost to parents.
The President also noted efforts to improve understanding of the autism spectrum and made reference to continued efforts, such as the Combating Autism Act [2011 reauthorization signing left] which will have dedicated over $690 million for autism research, monitoring and professional training by the time it expires September 30.
"Last year, I launched the Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative, a program that aims to revolutionize our understanding of the human mind," the proclamation reads. "By unlocking new knowledge of the brain, we can pave the way for myriad medical breakthroughs, including a greater appreciation for the science of autism."