The bill reauthorizing the Combating Autism Act for another three years was signed into law today by President Obama. This bill will provide 693 million dollars over the next three years for funding research, surveillance, and education activities related to autism.
If you are interested, there is more information about the history of the re-authorization under both the initial Senate bill S.1094 and the final House bill H.R.2005 that was passed into law. There is also a breakdown of the costs provided by the Congressional Budget Office.
The text of what the Combating Autism Act is available here. If you aren't familiar with what the Combating Autism Act is and isn't, you might want to take the five minutes to read what it is meant to accomplish
On a slightly infantile note, I would like thank the Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN) for their hard work in opposing this important legislation. Their misunderstanding and misrepresentation of this bill came to nothing and the bill was passed in spite of their objections.
So to ASAN I would just like to say.
P.S. Yes, I understand that services and supports for adults with autism are an ever increasing and urgent need. But did ASAN really have to campaign against badly needed research into the nature of autism and educational services for children? Whose needs do you think that ASAN is advocating for because it sure isn't the needs of the majority of people with autism.