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 —into law. The Act, a reauthorization of the Combating Autism Act, continues to invest in:
- 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:
Past Autism Projects
HRSA Addresses Autism
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