Autism

Through the Autism CARES Act, we work to address some of the most urgent issues affecting people with autism spectrum disorders and their families.

What are the Goals of the Autism CARES Act?

In August 2014, President Obama signed the bipartisan Autism Collaboration, Accountability, Research, Education and Support Act—Autism CARES Act exit disclaimer icon—into law. The Act, a reauthorization of the Combating Autism Act, continues to invest in:

  • research,
  • prevalence monitoring, and
  • services for both children and adults on the autism spectrum.

Training and research investments address health care needs and improve services that result in improved health and well-being of children and adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and other developmental disabilities (DD) and their families. They also provide education and training to future leaders in a variety of disciplines to improve the health of children who have, or are at risk of developing ASD/DD.

Of particular note, the autism programs we support address the needs of underserved populations and barriers to evidence-based interventions.

How Does Our Work Accomplish the Goals of the Autism CARES Act?

We support three programs and initiatives to address ASD/DD through education, early detection, and intervention:

Training for Professionals

Autism State Systems Program

Autism Research Programs and Networks

Past Autism Projects

View past research and networks.

HRSA Addresses Autism

Download the HRSA Addresses Autism Infographic (PDF - 630 KB)

HRSA Autism Awareness infographic teaser image

Date Last Reviewed:  July 2016


Contact Us

Lauren Ramos, MPH
Director, Division of MCH Workforce Development
301-443-2340 

Current Funding

FY 2016, $47 million
Source: FY 2016 Operating Plan

Related Resources

Interdisciplinary Technical Assistance Center on Autism and Developmental Disabilities 
 
The State Public Health Autism Resource Center (SPHARC) 
 
The Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC) – coordinates all autism efforts within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). By including both federal and public members, the IACC helps to ensure that a wide range of ideas and perspectives are represented and discussed in a public forum.
 
Autism – a collection of information from the Department of Health and Human Services, including signs and symptoms, screening and diagnosis, treatments, causes, risk factors and prognosis, research and clinical trials, and publications.
 
The Act Early Ambassadors Project  – a network of state-level experts to improve early identification of developmental delays and disabilities, including autism.
 
Autism Spectrum Disorder – a variety of information, data, research and materials on ASD from CDC’s National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities.
 
ASD Clinical Trials and Research – information on ASD from NIH’s Institute on Mental Health.