Saturday, June 10, 2006

Combat Autism!


There is a VERY important piece of legislation in both the Senate and House to be passed to help Autism (S. 843 Combating Autism Act of 2005, H.R. 2421 Combating Autism Act of 2005).As all of you know, this is a cause very near and dear to my heart. If you go to the following website - http://www.combatautism.org - you can find out how to contact your area legislators and ask/beg/plead with them to sign on to Co-sponsor this bill to help make it a law. The website gives you your legislator info as well as generic emails to send if needed.There are currently 36 Senators and 126 Reps co-sponsoring this and the goal is 51 Senators and 225 Reps.

Taking a moment of your time to send an email would mean the world to me and other families like mine. I can't begin to tell you just how much! And if you could pass the word on, that would be even better!

More Info about it from the Combat Autism website:

This legislation will accomplish the following goals in the fight against Autism:
Double NIH spending on autism research.

Empower the Director of the NIH to act as an "autism czar" - developing an annual research budget on autism, based on the best science, and requiring that budget be reported to Congress.

Create a screening program in all 50 states for the early identification of children with autism - short of a cure, early identification leading to early intervention with behavioral services provides the best available outcomes for autistic kids.

Fund the efforts of the Autism Treatment Network to identify the best medical practices in the treatment of autistic kids. Continue funding of the epidemiological and public education programs on autism at the CDC.

Authorize, overall, nearly 1 billion of federal spending on autism over the next 5 years - a multi-front war on autism from public awareness and early diagnosis to basic biomedical research.

Why This Legislation Matters The Combating Autism Act of 2005 builds on the provisions of the Children's Health Act of 2000 and would authorize $860 million in federal funds over five years to combat autism through research, screening, intervention and education. It also reauthorizes the National Institutes of Health Centers of Excellence Program in autism originally created in 2000, doubling the number of authorized centers
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