Combating Autism Act

Quick news flash-

The Combating Autism Act passed the Senate last night by a unanimous vote. Now it’s on to the House.

Congratulations to all those who pushed for this legislation – especially to Autism Speaks’ Bob and Suzanne Wright, and to Deirdre Imus, and to all those parents and groups who lobbied for this absolutely critical Act. According to the Autism Speaks website, this bill “authorizes $900 million over the next five years to combat autism through research, screening, intervention and education efforts, almost doubling current federal spending on autism.”

By passing this landmark single-disease legislation, the Senate has recognized the plight of the thousands of families struggling every day with autism, and has acknowledged autism as a national health care crisis,” said Mr. Wright, co-founder of Autism Speaks and chairman and CEO of NBC Universal. “We now must look to the House to pass the bill and get it to the President’s desk as soon as possible.

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