President Barack Obama made a statement on April 2 in support of World Autism Awareness Day. He applauded the many contributions of individuals on the autism spectrum and their families.
“We are so grateful to have the support from our President, Barack Obama, in recognition of the United Nations sanctioned World Autism Awareness Day celebrated just three days ago on April 2. It is through the ongoing support and recognition that we receive from our international stakeholders and leaders that helps Autism Speaks advance our mission. We are truly thankful for his outstanding proclamation.” said Bob and Suzanne Wright, Autism Speaks’ co-founders.
We applaud the Obama White House for its continuing support of individuals with disabilities. Through the stimulus act, the administration committed additional funds to autism research, on top of the existing National Institutes of Health funding and Combating Autism Act funding.
Kareem Dale, Special Assistant to the President for Disability Policy, blogged yesterday about another move the administration made to support those with disabilities. Read more here in his White House blog. We applaud all their efforts to move the disability agenda ahead and we look forward to seeing what’s around the next corner for autism.