*UPDATE: The President officially signed the bill into law on September 30, 2019
September 19, 2019, Bethesda, MD – The Autism Society of America is thrilled to learn that the Senate unanimously approved H.R. 1058 today. This bill reauthorizes and improves the Autism Collaboration, Accountability, Research, and Supports (CARES) Act for another five years. The next step is for President Trump to sign the bill into law.
“I am grateful to all senators, but especially the bill’s lead sponsors, Senators Mike Enzi (R-WY) and Robert Menendez (D-NJ), HELP Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-WA) and their staff,” said Scott Badesch, President and CEO. “We are also grateful for Representatives Mike Doyle (D-PA) and Chris Smith (R-NJ), the champions of the House bill (HR 1058) that passed unanimously in the House on July 24. Finally, we appreciate all of our wonderful families who helped to advocate for this bill’s passage.”
This law helps millions of children, youth, and adults with autism and other developmental disabilities by providing important basic and applied research, interdisciplinary training of professionals, public education, and critical services and supports. We expect the President to sign the bill into law soon.
The Autism Society is the nation’s leading grassroots autism organization, and exists to improve the lives of all affected by autism. In 2018, the Autism Society and it’s 80+ local affiliates served over 620,000 individuals impacted by autism through education, advocating for appropriate services for individuals across the lifespan, information and referral services, support, and providing community inclusion and acceptance at the national, state and local levels. For more information, go to www.autism-society.org.