Tuesday, August 12, 2014

President Signs Autism Research Law

Last Friday, President Obama signed the the Autism Collaboration, Accountability, Research, Education and Support Act, (Autism CARES Act). This law replaces the the Autism Accountability Act which was due to expire. Essentially the law provides substantial federal funding for autism research and other initiatives.  

Perhaps the most significant part of this law is the provision focusing on adolescents with autism transitioning to adulthood.  “And the new law, for the first time, tasks the federal government with examining and anticipating needs for autistic adolescents who are ‘aging out’ of their school-based support and transitioning into adulthood,” said US Rep Chris Smith (R-NJ), one of the sponsors of the law.

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