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Action Alert: Ask Senators to Support CARES Act

Editor’s Update: Thank you for your advocacy supporting the Autism CARES Act. Our NC Senators, Richard Burr and Thom Tillis, have both signed on to the reauthorization bill, and we are hopeful that the CARES Act will be reauthorized before Sept. 30.

The Autism CARES Act will sunset (expire) on September 30 if it is not reauthorized.

Since its enactment in 2006, the Autism Collaboration, Accountability, Research, Education and Support (CARES) Act has helped to train health professionals to diagnose and provide evidence-based services to people on the autism spectrum. It has also increased autism research and awareness. A new bill reauthorizing the law for another five years expands the scope to include people across the lifespan, as well as expanding services and supports. On July 24, the US House unanimously passed H.R. 1058, which reauthorizes the law.

The Senate must now pass the companion bill, S. 427, in the next two weeks, or the autism research, training, and services that are supported by the CARES Act will end!

 

Sen. Richard Burr is not yet a co-sponsor. Contact him and ask for his support!

Sen. Richard Burr

202-224-3154 (DC office)

Contact form

Points to include:

  • I am a constituent, I live in [NC city] in [NC zip code].
  • I am a person with autism, or I am a family member of someone with autism, or I am a professional in the autism field.
  • Please co-sponsor and pass S. 427, the Autism CARES Act now.

 

Sen. Thom Tillis is already a co-sponsor! You do not need to contact him. If you do, please thank him for his support of autism issues and for co-sponsoring the Autism CARES Act. If you email, please urge him to speak with his colleagues about supporting and passing the bill before September 30.

Sen. Thom Tillis

202-224-6342 (DC office)

Contact form

Points to include:

  • I am a constituent, I live in [NC city] in [NC zip code].
  • I am a person with autism, or I am a family member of someone with autism, or I am a professional in the autism field.
  • Thank you for co-sponsoring S. 427, the Autism CARES Act.

 

You can also use the Autism Society of America’s action center to contact your senators.

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