Thank you for taking action to help ensure the passage of the federal Autism CARES Act of 2019, introduced as Senate 427 and House 1058!
Please contact your three congressional decision-makers to urge each of them to cosponsor the Autism CARES Act of 2019: Senator Elizabeth Warren, Senator Ed Markey, and your US Representative. You can email and/or call them (and leave a message if no one answers).
Click here to find your Representative. Then click the envelope below your representative’s photo to email him/her. If you know your representative’s name, you can also call the House switchboard operator at (202)224-3121 and ask to be transferred to your representative’s office. Currently, only Representatives McGovern, Kennedy and Moulton have signed on as co-sponsors so you can email to thank them for their support rather than asking them to co-sponsor.
As the subject of your email, please write: Co-Sponsor the Autism CARES Act of 2019, S.427 [or HR 1058]
If possible, it’s very important to take a moment to individualize the beginning of your email, letting the legislator know why passage of the Autism CARES Act is important to YOU. You can then copy and paste the letter below — and feel free to edit if you’d like.
Dear [Senator _ or Representative __],
Please cosponsor the Autism Collaboration, Accountability, Research, Education, and Support Act of 2019 (Autism CARES), [S. 427 or HR 1058]. The Autism CARES Act of 2019 would continue the activities authorized under the Autism CARES Act of 2014, placing a new emphasis on improving lifespan services and reducing disparities. Prompt congressional action is essential since parts of the Autism CARES Act of 2014 will sunset after September 30, 2019.
Under the authority of the Autism CARES Act of 2014 and predecessor legislation, more than $3.1 billion has been dedicated to autism activities at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). Funding has supported NIH research, including center and network grants through the Autism Centers of Excellence program; developmental disabilities surveillance at CDC; and training, research, and state implementation and planning at HRSA. The HRSA-supported programs include 52 Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Other Related Disabilities (LEND) training programs, which provide interdisciplinary training to improve the health of children, as well as 12 Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics training programs, which support fellows in developmental-behavioral pediatrics and provide practitioners, residents, and medical students with essential skills.
The Autism CARES Act of 2019 continues the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC), which coordinates federal efforts and provides advice to the Secretary of Health and Human Services on issues related to autism. The IACC’s responsibilities include monitoring research, services, and supports across the federal government. Another important responsibility of the IACC is developing a strategic plan for the conduct and support of autism research. The IACC’s periodic meetings are open to the public and serve as a forum on issues important to the community.
The Autism CARES Act of 2019 calls for the preparation of a report on the health and well-being of individuals with autism. This report would follow upon the report prepared under the Autism CARES Act of 2014 on young adults and transitioning youth with autism, which highlighted the challenges young people with autism face in transitioning from school-based services to adult services.
Thank you for considering cosponsoring the Autism CARES Act of 2019.
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