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Reps. Smith and Doyle, Autism Society of America Push Landmark Legislation on World Autism Awareness Day
Date:4/1/2008

l community should aim for nothing less, and it is imperative that we begin to work toward that goal today."

The Global Autism Assistance Act authorizes $10 million over three years through a grant program for service providers and advocacy groups for children with autism specifically in countries with weak healthcare infrastructure to raise autism awareness, and creates new ways to share American expertise and advancements in the diagnoses and treatment of autism.

"My colleagues and I in the Congressional Autism Caucus are deeply committed to ensuring that the federal government does everything it can to address the challenges presented by autism around the world. Millions of families need and deserve our help," Doyle said.

The Members also plan to promote the Expanding the Promise of Individuals with Autism Act (HR 1881), announced last year by Reps. Doyle and Smith along with actor Bradley Whitford of West Wing fame. The bill would provide additional resources for those affected by autism in the U.S., increasing access to effective therapies and essential support services for people with autism, as well as providing critical funding for training, protection, and advocacy.

WHO:

Representative Chris Smith (R-NJ)

Representative Mike Doyle (D-PA)

Lee Grossman, Autism Society of America, President and CEO

Jeff Sell, World Autism Organization, Vice President/Autism Society of America, Director of Chapters and Membership

Randall Rutta, Executive Vice President of Public Affairs, Easter Seals

WHEN:

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

2:00 p.m.

WHERE:

Cannon Terrace

(between Cannon and Longworth House Office Buildings)

Independence Ave. SE

Washington, DC

Note: Rain Location is Rm. 411 Cannon House Office Building

CONTACT:

Autism Society of America: Carin Yavorcik - 301-657-0881 x115

Rep. Smith: Ryan Goodwin - 202-225-3765 '/>"/>

SOURCE Autism Society of America
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