Autism

 

AUCD advocates for policies that promote research and training on Autism Spectrum Disorders and enhance services for individuals with autism and their families. Visit AUCD's Action Center and click on "Current Legislation" to see the the latest bills related to autism. 

Scroll down to see legislation, resources, letters and related links.

 
 

News

 

2/10/2014

HHS Releases Report to Congress on Combating Autism Act

This report to Congress, required by the Combating Autism Reauthorization Act of 2011, provides programmatic and budget information from lead agencies and updates on autism prevalence, diagnosis, screening, and average age for intervention.

 
 
 

Legislation

 

8/15/2013

AGE-IN Act, S. 1259

Text of the Bill (S. 1259)

To amend the Public Health Services Act to provide research, training, and navigator services to youth and young adults on the verge of aging out of the secondary educational system, and for other purposes.

 
 

12/5/2011

Autism Services Bills

Text of legislation introduced in 2011 related to Autism Spectrum Disorders services.

 
 

12/5/2011

Combating Autism Reauthorization Act (P.L. 112-32)

Text of the law

House and Senate bills to reauthorize the Combating Autism Act of 2006 for an additional three years at fiscal year 2011 funding levels.

 
 

7/19/2010

Combating Autism Act of 2006

Text of the law
pdf File Combating Autism Act.pdf [download]
 
 
 

Related Links

 

AUCD's Interdisciplinary Technical Assistance Center on Autism and Developmental Disabilities

The purpose of the Interdisciplinary Technical Assistance Center (ITAC) on Autism and Developmental Disabilities at AUCD is to improve the health of infants, children, and adolescents who have, or are at risk for developing, ASDs and other developmental disabilities. The Center accomplishes this by providing technical assistance to interdisciplinary training programs (i.e., the LENDs and Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics (DBP) programs) to better train professionals to utilize valid and reliable screening tools to diagnose or rule out and provide evidence-based interventions for children with ASD and other developmental disabilities.

 
 

Autism Society of America (ASA)

ASA, the nation's leading grassroots autism organization, exists to improve the lives of all affected by autism.

 
 

Autism Speaks

Autism Speaks aims to bring the autism community together as one strong voice to urge the government and private sector to listen to our concerns and take action to address this urgent global health crisis.

 
 

CDC Autism Website

This new website is from the CDC who are working to find out how many children have ASDs, discover the risk factors, and raise awareness of the signs.

 
 

CDC's "Learn the Signs Act Early" Autism Campaign

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities (NCBDDD), in collaboration with a number of national partners, launched a public awareness campaign called "Learn the Signs. Act Early." The campaign aims to educate parents about childhood development, including early warning signs of autism and other developmental disorders, and encourages developmental screening and intervention.

 
 
 

Autism News

 

4/2/2014

IACC Issues Statement Regarding Implications of Changes in the Diagnostic Criteria for ASD

On World Autism Awareness Day, IACC issued a statement regarding the implications of changes in the diagnostic criteria for ASD that were made in the most recent update of the DSM. Of particular interest are the scientific, practice, and policy implications as DSM-5 is implemented in real-world settings, especially with respect to allocation of services.

 
 

4/1/2014

AUCD Celebrates April as Autism Awareness Month

On December 18, 2007, the UN General Assembly designated April 2 as World Autism Awareness Day, which was first observed in 2008. This UN resolution is one of only three official disease-specific United Nations Days that brings world attention to autism spectrum disorder, a developmental disorder that affects as many as 1 in 68 children, according to new estimates from the CDC.

 
 

1/2/2014

Revised Autism Screening Tool Offers More Precise Assessment

The Modified Checklist for Autism in Toddlers -- Revised, with Follow-Up (M-CHAT-R/F) -- is a free, two-step screening tool used to detect children likely to have autism. It is intended for use at regular well-child checkups for children 16 to 30 months old and has been shown to be much more accurate than earlier versions at identifying children who could benefit from further evaluation, according to researchers supported by the National Institutes of Health. The free tool is available online in more than 45 languages.

 
 

7/23/2013

Research Findings - Young Children with Autism Benefit Regardless of High-Quality Treatment Model

A new FPG Snapshot summarizes research results from a study finding that preschoolers with ASD who receive high-quality early intervention make significant positive gains during the school year regardless of the comprehensive treatment model used.

 
 

7/17/2013

Vanderbilt Kennedy Center Releases New Study on Training Pediatricians to Decrease Wait Times for Autism Diagnosis in Children

A three-year study conducted by researchers at Vanderbilt University, entitled concluded that training pediatric health care providers to identify and diagnose children with autism will increase speed and accuracy of autism diagnoses.

 
 

7/16/2013

Nisonger Center (OH UCEDD/LEND) Leads Team for Shakespeare and Autism Study

Faculty and trainees at The Ohio State University Nisonger Center UCEDD are collaborating with Kelly Hunter of the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Ohio State Department of Theatre, and the Columbus Public Schools to assess the effectiveness of a drama-based autism intervention.

 
 

6/18/2013

Iowa Child Health Specialty Clinics Regional Autism Services Program Develops Informational Handouts in Iowa's Five Most Commonly Spoken Langages as Follow-up to "Learn the Signs. Act Early." Project

The Iowa Child Health Specialty Clinics Regional Autism Services Program has created informational handouts available for free PDF download in the five most commonly spoken languages besides English in the state, including Spanish, Vietnamese, Arabic, Bosnian, and Laotian.

 

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