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Hope For Families Enduring Autism

Posted by thelamp on August 17, 2006

CMC thanks the U.S. Senate for approving the Combating Autism Act, S. 843. The bill, which now awaits action in the House, would commit close to $1 billion to increase research into this condition.

The bill, sponsored by Sens. Christopher Dodd, D-Conn., and Rick Santorum, R-Pa., had 48 Senate co-sponsors. It passed the Senate unanimously Aug. 3.

“I encourage the House of Representatives to take up this bill as soon as it gets back from its summer recess,” said Pastor Rod Parsley, founder and president of the Center for Moral Clarity. “Additional funds for research, screening and intervention will bring hope to untold numbers of families who seek answers about what causes this developmental disability. Research also holds promise for determining how people with autism can meet their fullest potential.”

The Combating Autism Act would increase funding for autism research efforts at the National Institutes of Health by $150 million over five years. It would also provide funds for early detection and services for people with autism spectrum disorder. The number of children who have been diagnosed with autism has increased sharply in recent years, from one in 10,000 children born 10 years ago to approximately one in 166 children born today.



One Response to “Hope For Families Enduring Autism”

  1. Eric said

    About time too! Autism treatment is readily available ….right now! I would have thought that the better part of that money could be spent telling people the options available and explaining why it would have an affect.
    There are many websites doing just that.

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