Our Advocacy Priorities

Our advocacy team works across the country to achieve the mission of Autism Speaks by focusing on the following priorities.

Increasing global understanding and acceptance of autism by

Educating legislators and regulators on autism spectrum disorder to ensure policymaking that benefits people across the spectrum and their families.

Being a catalyst for life enhancing research breakthroughs by

Increasing funding for autism research.

Establishing a track for reauthorization of Autism CARES.

Ensuring that the All of Us precision medicine project focuses on autism.

Engaging with the FDA to promote patient-focused treatments for autism.

Working with NCATS to engage industry to focus on autism opportunities.

Increasing early-childhood screening & timely intervention by

Ensuring that people with autism have access to the healthcare treatment they need, irrespective of payer (Medicaid, private insurance, etc.).

Improving outcomes for transition age youth across the spectrum by

Increasing access to housing and community-based services (HCBS) for individuals and ensuring HCBS implementation results in meaningful services for people with autism and their families.

Making career and technical education systems more accessible to people with autism and ensuring each program is serving our community well.

Focusing on state implementation of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA).

Advocating for appropriate supports for all students with autism, regardless of course of study in degree- or non-degree-seeking programs.

Building federal support for safety resources and practices.

Making ABLE accounts widely available.

Ensuring staff across settings have appropriate training, particularly related to challenging behaviors, safety, sensory needs, and augmentative and alternative communication (AAC).

Addressing inefficiencies in the transition process.