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Autism Spectrum Disorder and Other Developmental Disabilities

Autism CARES Act

Implementation of the Autism CARES Act, a $47 million effort, addresses some of the most urgent issues affecting people with autism and their families. A national evaluation is also being conducted to report to Congress on progress related to Autism Spectrum Disorder and other developmental disabilities.

The program aims to

  • Increase awareness
  • Reduce barriers to screening and diagnosis;
  • Support research on evidence-based interventions for children and adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder or other developmental disabilities;
  • Promote evidence-based guideline development for interventions; and
  • Train professionals to utilize valid screening tools to diagnose and to provide evidence based interventions.

Goal

Enable all infants, children and adolescents who have, or are at risk for developing, Autism Spectrum Disorder and other developmental disabilities to reach their full potential by

  • developing a system of service that includes screening children early for possible Autism Spectrum Disorder and other developmental disorders;
  • conducting early, interdisciplinary, evaluations to confirm or rule out Autism Spectrum Disorder and other developmental disorders; and,
  • providing evidence-based, early interventions when a diagnosis is confirmed.

A clinician with a mother and infant patient

About Autism

HHS Autism Information (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services)

Autism Spectrum Disorders (National Institutes of Health)

Autism Research at NICHD (National Institutes of Health)

Autism Information Center (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) 

ACT Early Curriculum (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) 

Autism Case Training: Web-Based Continuing Education Course (Association of University Centers on Disabilities)

Act Early Ambassadors   (Association of University Centers on Disabilities)

Combating Autism Act

Combating Autism Act: Public Law 109-416 (PDF - 49 KB)

Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services)