Reauthorization of the Combating Autism Act clears Senate, awaiting signature by President Obama

In a great victory for the disability community, last night the Senate cleared, by voice vote, a bill (HR 2005) to continue funding to educate professionals about proper screening, diagnosis, and intervention for children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) as well as many other developmental disabilities. It also funds ASD research and surveillance. The bill authorizes $231 million a year from fiscal 2012 through 2014 for these efforts.

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