Government’s $1.8 Billion Funding Of Autism Research Does Not Do Enough To Address The Diagnosis Gender Gap, Say Experts


Rosie McCall

President Donald Trump signed the “Autism Collaboration, Accountability, Research, Education, and Support Act of 2019” (or the “Autism CARES Act of 2019”) on Monday.

In addition to re-authorizing the Autism CARES Act of 2014, the Autism CARES Act of 2019 will see $1.8 billion in funding go towards people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and their families—a package that will be spread out over a five-year period.

The National Institute of Health (NIH), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) will each oversee autism-related programs funded by the bill within that time frame. Combined, the programs are expected to cover disability surveillance, research, education, early detection and intervention.

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