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

What are the goals of the Autism CARES Act?

On Monday, September 30, 2019, the President signed into law: H.R. 1058, the “Autism Collaboration, Accountability, Research, Education, and Support Act of 2019 or the “Autism CARES Act of 2019."

The Act, a reauthorization of the Combating Autism Act, continues to support HRSA’s investments in:

  • Research
  • Training
  • 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 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.

The autism programs we support address the needs of underserved populations and barriers to evidence-based interventions.

How does our work accomplish these goals?

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

Autism Research Grants: Current and Past Projects

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HRSA Addresses Autism

Download the HRSA Addresses Autism Infographic (PDF - 672 KB)

Contact Us

Lauren Ramos, MPH
Director, Division of MCH Workforce Development

Current Funding

FY 2019, $51 million
Source: FY 2019 Operating Plan

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