On August 8, President Obama signed the Autism Collaboration, Accountability, Research, Education, and Support Act--otherwise known as the Autism CARES Act—into law. The American Academy of Pediatrics was an early supporter of the bill, and was active in advocating for its passage. The Autism CARES Act is a reauthorization of the Combating Autism Act (CAA), which was originally enacted in 2006, and was designed to address public and congressional concerns about the increasing prevalence of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and to strengthen federal efforts around the issue. The Autism CARES Act will help ensure sustained planning and evaluation of autism research conducted at the National Institutes of Health, increase surveillance, awareness and outreach at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and expand the training of heal th care professionals through the Health Resources and Services Administration, particularly its Leadership in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities program. With the signing of the Autism CARES Act, these important programs have been reauthorized through September 30, 2019.
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