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Collapse of ‘Super Committee’ Could Trigger Major Cuts to Disability, Autism Programs

The collapse this week of the Congressional “Supercommittee” to come up with a deficit reduction plan could lead to automatic cuts in the federal budget totaling at least $1.2 trillion over 10 years. Unless Congress acts, the cuts will begin to take effect in January 2013.  Medicaid and Social Security will not be cut, but autism activities at the National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Health Resources and Services Administration could be cut by as much as 9.3 percent.

Autism Speaks is a member of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities, which released the following statement on the deadlock of the Super Committee from Donna Meltzer, CCD Board Chair:

The Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD), a coalition of approximately 100 national disability organizations, shares its disappointment today that the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction has failed to come up with a deficit reduction package that addresses the nation’s debt in a manner that is balanced and fair.  While the CCD is very pleased that members of the Super Committee worked to protect entitlement programs that are critically necessary for people with disabilities such as Medicaid and Social Security, the failure to complete a comprehensive package leaves consortium member organizations very concerned about how sequestration will impact the nation’s 54 million Americans who live with disabilities and their families.

CCD knows that people with disabilities and their families depend on a safety net of programs that include both entitlement and discretionary spending.  Because the Committee was unable to enact a thoughtful, balanced and collaboratively developed deficit reduction package, we now face devastating mandatory cuts to many critical programs serving people with disabilities in sequestration. The nation’s budget cannot be balanced on the backs of those with disabilities and chronic health conditions.

A new report released this month by the Census Bureau shows that 49.1 million Americans are poor.  People with developmental and other disabilities, who continue to face the highest unemployment rates, are overrepresented in that number.   Especially in times of a weak economy and high unemployment rates, programs that support people with disabilities – such as supported employment, family supports, food stamps, Medicaid and other community based supports and services – must continue and be protected from across-the-board budget cuts.

CCD urges the Congress to work in a bipartisan manner to enact balanced reforms while investing in its most valued resource – the American people.

The Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities is a coalition of approximately 100 national disability organizations working together to advocate for national public policy that ensures the self-determination, independence, empowerment, integration and inclusion of children and adults with disabilities in all aspects of society.

  1. Shannon Cummings
    November 23, 2011 at 12:07 pm

    I have a Autistic son and it has been a hard struggle to find help for him. Why would anyone cut back on help for these disabled children? If anything, they need more help and more funding and people need to be researching this more to find out why so many children today are born with Autism. Cutting back on help is not going to help the situation at all, it will get worse. We should be thinking of our future society. What will it be like when everyone has Autism in the next 30 years when we could step up to the plate and try to help or correct the problem. And another question I have, is why do these children have to suffer at the hands of these people that blow money for nothing and take life for granted and cause the nation to b n such debt? They should be contributing some of there money to people in need like my son and a million others like him as well. I think its an excuse and a shame the help for innocent children has to stop all because the majority of people r so selfish and self absorbed. Its breaks my heart to know this is how we as people care for our children. Its wrong! Please don’t take help away from these sweet innocent children! It’s time to listen!

  2. jessica
    December 2, 2011 at 5:05 pm

    I am a 100% agreed with you. We have a major problem. We have more and more kids that are diagnosed with autism. My question is why? Why isn’t the government do something? We could end up with chaos in our country because our future is depend on the kids. We are eventually get old and the new generation will take over and if we don’t act now to help these kids. I couldn’t imagine what will happened in the future.

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