Friday, July 28, 2006

Combating Autism Act of 2005

I'm not sure what to think of the following which I received from a local parents support group. They will probably never send me another one after reading this, if anyone does, because I am fraternizing with the to speak, although our only weapon is acceptance. I am sorry if someone else has blogged on this before, for stepping on your toes!

Who will receive the most benefit from the Combating Autism Act of 2005?
God forgive me, but my cynical nature wonders if after spending a billion dollars, if ONE child will be "cured" of autism. It is good that money will be spent on helping kids with autism, and possibly they will be given the tools to have successful lives. But then again, one wonders: will this money be spent to fill the pockets of researchers, doctors, therapists--will one grown child with autism be helped? This is brought to you courtesy of the website.

Go here and search S.843 to see the wording of the bill, if you are interested. I may get to it later, but am in a frothing planning stage.

I urge you to support S. 843, the Combating Autism Act of 2005, when it comes before the U.S. Senate in the coming weeks. This important legislation would dramatically improve our federal investment in autism research, early detection, and intervention.

Autism is a complex developmental disability that affects an individual in the areas of social interaction and communication. Children and adults with autism are often unable to communicate, have difficulty with social interaction, and, in some cases, may be aggressive or self-injurious.

This serious condition affects more than 1.5 million Americans, and autism is growing at a startling rate of 10-17 percent per year. At this rate, the Autism Society of America (ASA) estimates that the prevalence of autism could reach 4 million Americans in the next decade. Furthermore, recent estimates have put the economic burden of this disability on the American economy at as much as $90 billion per year.

Despite the serious physical, emotional, and economic impact of autism, there is still much we don't know about this serious condition. Autism is often undiagnosed, leading to significant delay in treatment and intervention. Furthermore, there is a great need for additional research into treatments, diagnostics, and causes of autism.

The Combating Autism Act is a critical piece of legislation that addresses this problem by authorizing more than $1 billion in federal funding for autism related research, early detection, and intervention. This legislation was passed by Unanimous Consent by the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) committee on June 19th, and will likely come to the Senate floor prior to the August recess.

We urge you to cosponsor this legislation, and work with the Senate Leadership to ensure that it is passed by Unanimous Consent before the August break.

Thank you for your consideration of this request

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