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Thank your Member: Dear Colleague Letter on Autism CARES Funding

Background

Representatives Chris Smith (R-NJ) and Henry Cuellar (D-TX), the bipartisan co-chairs of the House Autism Caucus, have circulated three letters to their fellow Members of Congress urging them to support increased funding for Autism programs. Dear Colleague letters help garner support for specific funding for the appropriations process. 

One of the “Dear Colleague” letters asks for Members of Congress to support additional funding for the Autism CARES Act. This includes funding for research at NIH, interdisciplinary training for health professionals through the LEND program, and increased funding for the CDC for prevention and surveillance activities. This letter also asks for additional funding for IDEA to support Autistic students. 

 

Immediate Action Needed 

This letter requesting additional funding for the Autism CARES Act received 70 signatures from Members of Congress, urging the House Appropriations Committee to include this critical funding in the FY 2025 appropriations bill.  Please write to your Representative and thank them for signing on to this  “Dear Colleague” letter in support of Autism funding.  If the letter is not available to you, that means your Representative did not sign on. 

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