AUCD advocates for policies that promote research and training on Autism Spectrum Disorders and enhance services for individuals with autism and their families. Visit AUCD's Action Center and click on "Current Legislation" to see the the latest bills related to autism. 

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Autism CARES Act, S. 2449

The Autism Collaboration, Accountability, Research, Education, and Supports Act - or Autism CARES Act - a bill to reauthorize the Combating Autism Act of 2011.



AGE-IN Act, S. 1259

Text of the Bill (S. 1259)

To amend the Public Health Services Act to provide research, training, and navigator services to youth and young adults on the verge of aging out of the secondary educational system, and for other purposes.



Autism Services Bills

Text of legislation introduced in 2011 related to Autism Spectrum Disorders services.



Combating Autism Reauthorization Act (P.L. 112-32)

Text of the law

House and Senate bills to reauthorize the Combating Autism Act of 2006 for an additional three years at fiscal year 2011 funding levels.



Combating Autism Act of 2006

Text of the law
pdf File Combating Autism Act.pdf [download]

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AUCD's Interdisciplinary Technical Assistance Center on Autism and Developmental Disabilities

The purpose of the Interdisciplinary Technical Assistance Center (ITAC) on Autism and Developmental Disabilities at AUCD is to improve the health of infants, children, and adolescents who have, or are at risk for developing, ASDs and other developmental disabilities. The Center accomplishes this by providing technical assistance to interdisciplinary training programs (i.e., the LENDs and Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics (DBP) programs) to better train professionals to utilize valid and reliable screening tools to diagnose or rule out and provide evidence-based interventions for children with ASD and other developmental disabilities.


Autism Society of America (ASA)

ASA, the nation's leading grassroots autism organization, exists to improve the lives of all affected by autism.


Autism Speaks

Autism Speaks aims to bring the autism community together as one strong voice to urge the government and private sector to listen to our concerns and take action to address this urgent global health crisis.


CDC Autism Website

This new website is from the CDC who are working to find out how many children have ASDs, discover the risk factors, and raise awareness of the signs.


CDC's "Learn the Signs Act Early" Autism Campaign

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities (NCBDDD), in collaboration with a number of national partners, launched a public awareness campaign called "Learn the Signs. Act Early." The campaign aims to educate parents about childhood development, including early warning signs of autism and other developmental disorders, and encourages developmental screening and intervention.


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Expert Autism Reviewers Needed

The National Clearinghouse for Autism Evidence & Practice, NCAEP) are launching the update to the 2011 systematic review on evidence-based practices for children and youth on the autism spectrum. Please consider serving as a reviewer as well as passing this email and flyer along to your colleagues and graduate students.



Announcing 2018 FAST Projects: Five Programs that Increase Diversity, Improve Program Evaluation or Leverage Technology to Provide Statewide TA and Training Awarded Supplementary Project Funds

In July of 2017, AUCD indicated an ability to provide supplementary funding and targeted assistance to programs working to address these identified areas of need in ways that could be replicated by other programs or could benefit the broader network. After careful review of a diverse pool of program proposals, five programs were selected to receive Focused Assistance to Support Training (FAST) Projects which includes up to $8,000 in supplemental funding.



Training Focused Summary of Federal Transition Report

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released the 2017 Report to Congress: Young Adults and Transitioning Youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder, which found that there is a critical need for research and better coordinated services targeted to youth with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) who are transitioning to adulthood. �ITAC staff developed a brief summary of the HHS report that pulled out items relevant to the LEND and DBP training programs.



AIR-P Network Activities

The Autism Intervention Research Network on Physical Health (AIR-P), led by Karen Kuhlthau, PhD, conducts research on evidence-based interventions to improve the physical health and well-being of children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and other developmental disabilities, with an emphasis on underserved communities. Two key goals of the AIR-P network are to provide opportunities to develop collaborations and partnerships with clinicians and researchers and to support junior investigators in developing their research efforts to improve medical care of children with autism.



Autism CARES Grantees Share Resources, Best Practices for Transition

ITAC, in collaboration with SPHARC and HRSA-MCHB, hosted the Autism CARES (Collaboration, Accountability, Research, Education, and Support) Grantee Virtual Meeting on July 21, 2016. This bi-annual meeting was an opportunity for over 200 MCHB-funded Autism CARES legislation grantees - representing research, training, and state implementation stakeholders - to share information about activities within their respective network, discuss emerging trends, and facilitate meaningful collaboration. This year's theme was "Integrated, Person-Centered Approaches to Transition."

CT LEND students and faculty are excited to start a year of interdisciplinary training.


CT LEND: An authentic interdisciplinary experience

The CT LEND has had an exciting new start this fall. Nine UCONN graduate students from various disciplines, two Yale Developmental-Behavioral Pediatric fellows, four community trainees, and four Human Services/Family Studies students from Goodwin College fill our conference room at UCONN Health each Friday. We welcome family faculty and several UCEDD staff members to each weekly seminar as well. Our true interdisciplinary cohort includes participants from an AUCD Auditory supplement and also a Diversity grant, several of whom are first generation college students.



Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics Research Network Update

The Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics Research Network (DBPNet) is a 14 site Network whose mission is "to conduct collaborative, interdisciplinary research in developmental and behavioral pediatrics that advances clinical practice, supports research training, and optimizes the health and functional status of children with developmental and behavioral concerns and disorders, including children with autism spectrum disorders and other developmental disabilities". The Network had a successful competitive renewal in the past year and is now funded from 9/16 through 8/21.


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