What are we doing in Washington D.C. to help Nebraskans affected by autism?
On July 12, Nebraska’s elected officials are going to hear from Autism Society of Nebraska! They are going to hear that Nebraska needs to be inclusive and welcoming of people affected by autism!
ASN Board Members seek to achieve the following objectives on their upcoming trip to Washington, D.C.:
- Attend the “Public Policy Track” of programming at the ASA Conference to gain understanding of the issues and legislation relevant to the following areas related to autism in the United States, particularly in the areas of Education, Housing, and Employment.
- Attend and invite Nebraskan lawmakers and staffers to the Annual Autism Society Day on the Hill Breakfast at 9:00 a.m. EST at the Dirksen Senate Office Building in Washington, D.C., where all attendees will hear about the priorities of Americans affected by autism and the national advocacy strategy of the Autism Society of America. This will give Nebraskan legislators an opportunity to hear directly from constituents about how they can act to make Nebraska a more inclusive and welcoming state for people affected by autism.
- Advocate in individual meetings with Nebraskan legislators for the following:
- That legislators join the bipartisan, bicameral Autism Caucus (external link HERE)
- That Congress fund the Money Follows the Person initiative (external link HERE)
- That legislators support the Federal Transition to Independence demonstration program (external link HERE)
- That the Autism Cares Act of 2006 be extended past its 2019 expiration date (external link HERE)
- Other emergent legislative issues
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