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FY19 Federal Budget Strengthens Support for Autism

Funding increases in last week's FY19 appropriations "minibus" focus on autism-specific programs and keep us on a path toward new autism discoveries
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Advancing medical care through the ACE Kids Act

The Advancing Care of Exceptional Kids Act of 2017 (ACE Kids Act) will bring us closer to ensuring these vulnerable children receive the care they
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Advocacy Ambassador Program celebrates one-year anniversary!

On August 1, 2017, we officially launched our Autism Speaks Volunteer Advocacy Ambassador Program.  
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Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act is reauthorized

The Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act was reauthorized on July 31, 2018. This law increases access to employment opportunities for
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Celebrate the 28th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act!

Thursday, July 26, 2018 is the 28th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). ADA is a landmark civil rights law. It prohibits
Map of Unites States with states labelled in blue and green according to if an ABLE bill is signed and an ABLE program is open.
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An Update on ABLE Accounts

The Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act was signed into law on December 19, 2014. The ABLE Act amended the federal tax code to allow
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Bill passed to delay implementation of Electronic Visit Verification

Autism Speaks supported legislation recently passed by the U.S. House of Representatives that would delay the implementation of Electronic Visit
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Congressional Briefing on Law Enforcement Interactions with the Autism

On Thursday, April 26th, Autism Speaks hosted a briefing in coordination with the Congressional Coalition on Autism Research and Education to
Congressman Chris Smith, Autism Speaks President and CEO Angela Geiger and advocates standing in front of an Autism Speaks banner.
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Autism advocates gather in D.C. for 2018 Congressional Hill Day

Each year, Autism Speaks hosts a Hill Day and Congressional Briefing to increase understanding and acceptance of autism and raise awareness of
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Elected Officials Light It Up Blue for World Autism Month!

Public officials at the local, state, and federal level have been 'Lighting It Up Blue' throughout April to increase awareness and acceptance of
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Congress passes omnibus appropriations bill

Today is an important day for the autism community as Congress passes its annual appropriations for Fiscal Year 2018.  
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RAISE Family Caregivers Act is signed into law!

On January 22, 2018, the Recognize, Assist, Include, Support, and Engage (RAISE) Family Caregivers Act was signed into law by President Donald Trump