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Combating Autism Reauthorization Act 2010 Introduced! Senators Dodd and Menendez Are Again Champions for Nation’s Autism Community

December 20, 2010 2 comments

We are pleased to announce that Senator Chris Dodd (CT), along with Senator Robert Menendez (NJ) introduced the Combating Autism Reauthorization Act (CARA) of 2010 (S.4044) late this past Friday. This new legislation would reauthorize the landmark Combating Autism Act of 2006 (CAA), significantly increasing both the depth and breadth of the federal response to the national and public health emergency posed by autism spectrum disorders (ASD).

As a result of the 2006 CAA, our community has made tremendous strides in federally-funded and directed research. It was the detailed surveillance by the Centers for Disease Control under the CAA that identified the increasing prevalence of autism: now a staggering 1 in every 110 American children – including 1 in 70 boys – is diagnosed with an ASD, making it the nation’s fastest-growing, serious developmental disorder.

Additional significant advances under the CAA have been realized, including:

  1. Improved ASD screening methods and universal screening recommendations;
  2. Development of effective early intervention methods for toddlers with autism;
  3. Creation of clinical networks aimed at improving physical and behavioral health;
  4. Identification of several autism susceptibility genes, leading to discoveries of new methods for diagnosis and treatments; and
  5. Development of best practice standards of care for co-morbid medical conditions including sleep and gastrointestinal disorders.

The Combating Autism Act of 2006 finally put us in the right direction toward formulating and implementing an effective research strategy to investigate the mysteries of autism. It is imperative that we continue to refine and intensify research into the potential causes of autism and determine ways we can improve the lives of people living with autism today, as well as their families.

Please support the CARA by taking action today! Your support on this issue is crucial in order to continue to address the public health crisis of autism and to help individuals with autism and their families across the country.

Here’s How You Can Help:

1) CALL AND THANK SENATORS DODD AND MENENDEZ! Call Senators Chris Dodd (CT) and Robert Menendez (NJ) and thank them for their leadership in introducing the Combating Autism Reauthorization Act.

Senator Dodd – (202) 224-2823
Senator Menendez – (202) 224-4744

2) CLICK HERE TO SEND AN EMAIL TO YOUR U.S. SENATORS AND URGE THEIR SUPPOR FOR CARA! Make sure to personalize the email and explain briefly why your Senators’ support for this bill would mean so much to your family.

3) SIGN UP TO STAY INFORMED! Check out www.AutismVotes.org/CARA for updated news and information on this bill and sign up to receive our email action alerts.

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