Friday, December 08, 2006

Congress Passes First Ever Autism Bill

In case you hadn't heard...
Congress passed the $945 million dollar "Combating Autism Act"

MSNBC says, "The focus? Everything from early diagnosis, to breakthrough treatments, to possible environmental factors that may cause autism."
More details from CNN:
"The Senate, acting a day after House passage, approved by voice legislation that authorizes $945 million over five years for autism research, screening and treatment. The bill, which goes to the president for his signature, would increase federal funding on autism by 50 percent.
The legislation provides the National Institutes of Health with a list of possible research areas related to autism spectrum disorder, including an examination of whether the alarming increase in autism diagnoses is caused by environmental factors."

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