Reauthorization of the Combating Autism Act Sought

The Arc and other colleagues from the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) are beginning to meet with key Hill staff regarding the reauthorization of the Combating Autism Act (CAA).  While a number of federal autism spectrum disorder efforts were in existence prior to the Combating Autism Act, the law has dramatically increased the number, scope, pace, and coordination of ASD research, surveillance, public education, and professional training efforts.  If the law is not reauthorized by September 30, 2014 many of these expanded activities authorized under the law will expire.  A recent Congressionally mandated report describes the work being done through activities supported by federal agencies and highlights the progress that has been made under the CAA.  Among its many notable achievements are an increase in the number of infants screened for ASD (or to rule it out and get the appropriate diagnosis) and improvements in the proportion of children diagnosed by age three.

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