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Important New and Continuing Legislation Targeting Autism

On February 7, 2019, House Representatives Christopher Smith (R-NJ) and Michael Doyle (D-PA) introduced the bipartisan Autism Coordination, Accountability, Research, Education and Support (“CARES”) Act of 2019, reauthorizing the Autism CARES Act of 2014 and expanding federal programs and activities that assist children, adults and families with Autism. Also known as “HR 1058”, this bill will authorize over one billion dollars in funding over five years for programs targeting developmental disability surveillance and research, education, early detection and intervention, and the expansion and coordination of autism-related activities.

Senators Bob Menendez (D-NJ) and Mike Enzi (R-Wyo) introduced a companion bill in the U.S. Senate. For additional information regarding HR 1058, or to read the Senate Bill, click the following links: https://www.disabilityscoop.com/2019/02/11/congress-renewal-autism-act/26019/and https://www.menendez.senate.gov/imo/media/doc/Autism%20CARES%202019%20Bill.pdf