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

 

7/18/2014

Autism CARES Act

AUCD Summary and Status

The Autism Collaboration, Accountability, Research, Education, and Support Act of 2014 or the Autism CARES Act (H.R. 4631; S. 2449) will reauthorize the Combating Autism Reauthorization Act of 2011 for five years.

 
 

6/24/2014

House Passes Autism CARES Act Today

"AUCD is so pleased to see that Congress has worked in a bipartisan, bicameral way to reach consensus on a bill to reauthorize a law that is so important to so many people with ASD and other DD and their families," stated Kim Musheno, AUCD's Director of Public Policy. "We hope the Senate will take quick action as well."

 
 

6/12/2014

CCD Statement on Autism CARES Act

On June 9, 2014 Senators Menendez and Enzi introduced the Autism CARES Act, a bill to reauthorize the Combating Autism Act. The Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities released this statement of support.

pdf File CCD Statement Autism CARES.pdf [download]
 
 
 

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

 

7/8/2014

Clarification of Medicaid Coverage of Services to Children with Autism

A CMS Informational Bulletin

Today The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released an informational bulletin with respect to services available under the Medicaid program to children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

 
 

7/3/2014

Genetic Link to Autism Found: CHD8 Mutation

In a collaboration involving 13 institutions around the world, researchers have broken new ground in understanding what causes autism. This is the first time researchers have shown a definitive cause of autism to a genetic mutation. Previously identified genetic events like Fragile X, which account for a greater number of autism cases, are associated with other impairments, such as intellectual disability, more than autism.

 
 

5/28/2014

House Committee to Take Action on Autism Bill

AUCD urges the Committee to Pass the Combating Autism Reauthorization Act

Since its enactment, the Combating Autism Act has impacted millions of individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities and their families. Congress must reauthorize the Combating Autism Act before September 30, when most of its provisions will expire.

 
 

5/14/2014

New Act Early Ambassadors Selected

30 new Act Early Ambassadors have been selected from a group of highly qualified applicants to represent twenty-nine states. Ambassadors will serve as a state, territory or organizational point-of-contact for CDC's national "Learn the Signs. Act Early." (LTSAE) program; support the work of Act Early Teams and other state or national initiatives to improve early identification of developmental delay and disability; and promote adoption and integration of LTSAE resources, including materials to support developmental monitoring.

 
 

5/2/2014

'Baby Motor Milestones: Birth to 2 Years' Video

Now available from Albert Einstein College of Medicine (NY LEND/UCEDD)

Pediatrician Lisa Shulman shows the motor milestones expected in typically developing babies, from head control to walking and what pediatricians look for during a well-baby visit. She also explains the specific types of motor control a baby must master before the next milestone can be achieved.

 
 

4/21/2014

2013 IACC Summary of Advances in Autism Spectrum Disorder Research Now Available

The Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC) and the Office of Autism Research Coordination are pleased to announce the release of the 2013 IACC Summary of Advances in Autism Spectrum Disorder Research in conjunction with the celebration of National Autism Awareness Month. The 2013 IACC Summary of Advances is a collection of brief summaries of studies selected by the IACC as the twenty most significant biomedical and services research advances in the field of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) research in 2013.

 
 

4/15/2014

New Resources Focus on Autism Spectrum Disorder

The MCH Library at Georgetown University released a new knowledge path and set of resource briefs directing readers to a selection of resources about ASD screening, diagnosis, treatment, care, and impact on family life.

 

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