Senators Chris Dodd (D) CT and Robert Menendez (D) NJ today introduced legislation which aims to support autism research and services. The bill aims to maintain the programs established under the Combating Autism Act of 2006. Additionally, it calls for investments in services and the creation of a National Institute of Autism Spectrum Disorders within the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
The great news is that if passed, the bill will create service provision grant programs for states as well as private and public non-profit entities. I know that autism research is really, really important, but it is nice to see some funding for services in the bill.