Great news came from Washington, D.C. late last night as the U.S. Senate voted unanimously to renew the Autism Collaboration, Accountability, Research, Education, and Support Act (Autism CARES Act). Just before leaving for a month long break, The Senate approved the act authorizing $260 millon in annual federal funding through 2019. Without this funding renewal, autism research, professional training, early diagnosis and intervention, may have come to a screeching halt.
U.S. Senator Robert Menedez, D-N.J. is the lead sponsor of the legislation says, “The Senate’s action today ensures these vital autism programs are reauthorized and continue providing research, services and supports individuals with autism and their families have come to rely on.”
Aside from the renewal of federal funding, the Autism CARES Act details changes to the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee and the need for an autism point person at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The act also facilitates a new report on the needs of autistic youths transitioning to adulthood.