The allocated money will be used to fund autistic people and their families over a span of five years.
On Monday, September 30, President Donald Trump signed a bill that allocates $1.8 billion in funding towards helping people with an autism spectrum disorder, into law. The Autism Collaboration, Accountability, Research, Education and Support (CARES) Act will funding the affected people and their families for the next five years. According to Fox13 News, this bill allocates funds for various autism programs and researches at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Institutes of Health, and the Health Resources and Services Administration.
This bill is just a reauthorization of the previous Autism CARES Act of 2014, only this time it will help government programs expand so that it includes older autistic people "who were—and are—often misdiagnosed, underdiagnosed and overlooked," says Representative Chris Smith (R-NJ), one of the co-sponsors of this bill in the House of Representative. It will also be focusing on research to develop new therapies and treatments including early detection of this condition. The bill also aims at implementing programs to support families whos kids have crossed the age of service yet requires help when they are older.
"The problem of 'aging out' of services is a real hurdle every parent or caretaker of a child with autism inevitably faces," said Smith in a statement according to ABC News. "All children grow up and become adults, and children with autism then lose their education services. But autism is a lifetime neurological disorder, and adults with autism continue to need their services." Senator Bob Mendez (D-NJ), another co-sponsor of the bill in the US Senate, believes that this bill will "ensure the federal response addresses an individual's evolving needs well into adulthood and across their lifespan."
as somebody who unfortunately has autism lets see if i see any of that money or not. https://t.co/8pmjOlTSLS— Justin jarchow (@CptAlcoholic) 2 October 2019
According to the data of Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 1 out of 59 children have been identified with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), a developmental disability that hinders a person's behavior, interaction, communication, and learning abilities. This condition has been found to be four times more prevalent among males as compared to females. The bill comes as a boon for several children and adults struggling with this condition that has remarkably increased in the past couple of years. Around 1 in 6 children residing in the United States have been diagnosed with some sort of development disability between 2006-2008 alone. And they range "from mild disabilities such as speech and language impairments to serious developmental disabilities, such as intellectual disabilities, cerebral palsy, and autism."
President Trump posted a picture on his Instagram account informing the same. He wrote: Today, I was proud to sign the Autism CARES Bill! We support research for Americans with Autism and their families. You are not forgotten, we are fighting for you! Appreciating President Donald Trump's decision, Twitter user @Sherrycraftygal wrote: Thank you President Trump I have 2 grandsons on the Autism spectrum that are not getting the education they deserve . My son and daughter -in-law are very frustrated at being turned away at every stop. Another user @rueljoyner wrote: This is going to help MANY AMERICAN families. Thank you President Trump. #america. @JeffCasmer wrote: Autism is everywhere and affects alot of families. Thank you Mr. President!