The Cure Autism Now Foundation is pleased to announce that Congress has approved CAN's request for additional autism-related funding in the Federal Fiscal 2005 Omnibus Appropriations Act pending before Congress.
The bill provides approximately $3 million--up from $2.2 million last year--to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) for a national autism awareness program and physician and healthcare provider education. It also provides approximately $16 million--up from $15 million last year--for epidemiological studies. Overall, the CDC autism earmark was increased by $1.75 million over 2004 spending.
Since its inception, the Cure Autism Now Foundation has worked very closely with elected officials in Washington, DC to help raise awareness and increase federal funding for autism. CAN wishes to thank the National Alliance for Autism Research (NAAR) for its efforts in lobbying the House of Representatitves, as well as the entire autism community for its continued support in federal lobbying efforts.