House Committee to Take Up the Combating Autism Reauthorization Act Today

The Energy and Commerce Committee will begin consideration of the Combating Autism Reauthorization Act Today. The Committee will consider an amendment in the nature of a substitute to HR 4631 introduced by Representatives Chris Smith (R-NJ) and Michael Doyle (D-PA).   This latest version included a few changes, including a new autism position at the Department of Health and Human Services, increasing the number of persons with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) on the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC), and studying the needs of children with autism as they transition to adulthood, as well as the services available to them. See our support letter signed by 33 national disability organizations. The House reauthorization bill extends the research, surveillance, public awareness, and professional training activities under the Combating Autism Act for an additional five years. Senators Menendez (D-NJ) and Enzi (R-WY) are expected to introduce a Senate bill to reauthorize the law as soon as this week.

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  1. As the mother of a Autistic son who is now 30 years old I can say from experience and not good experience that there is much needed improvement in the state of Colorado for the time period of the lives of special needs people transistioning into adult hood. For my son and myself it was horrid and the lack of help thrust my son into crisis. There was nothing in place for support and he wound up in the state regional center. It then was almost impossible to get him out which only just happened in the last two weeks. We literally had to fight in court to get him in a community private facility. Not because there was no room. But rather a culture that has ingrained itself with this community. I have no education as all of you but I have experience which I believe is just as if not more helpful for decideing what is done for the special needs people. It was 12 years ago that he went in crisis as a teenager and new things have been put in place that did not exsist then, but we are still lacking in this time period of the special needs persons life. As the saying goes the proof is in the pudding my son is that pudding. His story is the proof that this system at least on the level of Colorado and Colorado Springs needs a serious look and adjustments. The civil rights of these people are being violated by the culture here that has evolved in this community. Very little is done for the individual but rather the state is being used to keep all the difficult people while the agencies keep the easy ones. In mine and my sons experience the local ARC is part of that culture and was not and is not still an advocate for us. And since my eyes are open to others for whom the state of Colorado keeps incarserated like criminals they are also not advocates for the rest of the special needs people here. Now everyone can continue to belittle and bully the families of the special needs people or we can look for change . The proof is my son and his story and the stories of the everyone else. If so be it that those who make the decsions are willing to see the people you say you champigon for and not just see those who run ARC and the Regional Centers and the attorneys who profit from keeping them in the state institutions. If someone is interested in Curtis story we are more than willing to talk with or converse with whom ever. Thank You Sabrina Eddens and Curtis Eddens

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