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. 

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Autism CARES Act, S. 2449

The Autism Collaboration, Accountability, Research, Education, and Supports Act - or Autism CARES Act - a bill to reauthorize the Combating Autism Act of 2011.



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.



Autism Services Bills

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



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.



Combating Autism Act of 2006

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




National Disability Navigator Autism Spectrum Disorder Fact Sheet

This fact sheet is intended to help Navigators identify what issues are unique to consumers with autism spectrum disorder so that they can assist them as they make decisions related to their healthcare coverage.


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



Autism NOW Employer Toolkit

Autism NOW created a toolkit and designed it for employers to hire, train, and retain employees with an ASD as well as other disabilities.



2015 DBP Annual Meeting Overview

The annual meeting of the MCHB-funded Leadership Education in Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics (DBP) Training Programs was hosted by the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia DBP program on March 18-20, 2015. Approximately 35 faculty and 40 fellows from the 10 funded DBP training programs were in attendance at the meeting.



It Takes a Village to Raise the Bar on Early Autism Identification and Referral

The Utah Regional LEND program is tackling the problem of low identification rates for autism in children under 3 years. Within our five-state LEND, one state, Utah, has been part of the CDC/ADDM autism prevalence studies for several years. Although Utah's prevalence rate is always one of the highest, only 33% of children with autism are identified in medical or educational records before age 3. To change this statistic, URLEND trainees worked across organizational and agency boundaries to create a statewide Network for Early Autism Response.

Dr. David Wacker & Dr. Alyssa Suess (former ILEND trainee) discussing telehealth case


University of Iowa Telehealth Project Brings Behavioral Treatment for Autism to Rural Areas

The intent of this project is to evaluate the effectiveness and efficiency of conducting behavioral treatment for autism through telehealth to reach underserved areas of a rural state. The study is testing whether functional analysis and functional communication training, conducted through telehealth, are effective in reducing disruptive behavior and increasing positive social behaviors in young children with autism spectrum disorders.



Problem-solving Skills Training for Mothers of Children Recently Diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder: A pilot feasibility study

The objective of this study was to see whether mothers of children recently diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder would be receptive to receiving problem-solving skills training (feasibility trial).

Image: Accessing Healthcare: The Experience of Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders in Maine (report cover)


ME UCEDD, NH LEND Faculty and Trainees, and Maine DD Council Collaborate on Research Report on Healthcare Access for Individuals with ASD in Maine

The University of Maine Center for Community Inclusion and Disability Studies, Maine's University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD) and also a NH LEND program partner; recently collaborated with the Maine Developmental Disabilities Council on a research report, Accessing Healthcare: The Experience of Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders in Maine (2014).



The art of camouflage: Understanding the social behaviors of girls with ASD


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