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.

 

Being a catalyst for life enhancing research breakthroughs by

Increasing funding for autism research at federal agencies, including the National Institutes of Health and the Department of Education.

Reauthorizing the Autism CARES Act.

 

Increasing early-childhood screening & timely intervention by

Ensuring that people with autism have access to the healthcare 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 increasing HCBS capacity to provide meaningful services for people with autism and their families.

Improving the quality and accessibility of employment-focused training systems for individuals with autism as well as advocating for increased employment opportunities

Increasing equitable access to high-quality postsecondary education opportunities for students with autism.

Expanding support for resources and practices that keep our community safe, including Kevin and Avonte's Law.

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.