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February 10, 2014

HHS Report to Congress on Activities Related to Autism Spectrum Disorder 

The Office of Autism Research Coordination (OARC), on behalf of the Office of the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS), is pleased to announce the online release of the Report to Congress on Activities Related to Autism Spectrum Disorder and Other Developmental Disabilities Under the Combating Autism Act of 2006 and Combating Autism Reauthorization Act of 2011 (FY 2010-FY 2012)prepared with contributions from several HHS agencies, the Department of Education, The Department of Defense, the Environmental Protection Agency and the National Science Foundation. This report is required in the Combating Autism Reauthorization Act (CARA) of 2011 to update Congress on progress that has been made by HHS and the Department of Education in fulfilling the mandates of the CAA and CARA.  In addition, the report may serve as an information resource for public stakeholders as it provides descriptions of many key government autism programs and summarizes their recent accomplishments. The report provides an update on activities included in the previous Report to Congress on Activities Related to Autism Spectrum Disorder and Other Developmental Disabilities under the Combating Autism Act of 2006 (FY 2006-FY 2009) and also describes progress made in autism research and services provision activities since the enactment of CARA.  The report is organized according to the following categories:
 
·       Background: Covers legislative information regarding the CAA and CARA (including a summary of the previous Report to Congress FY 2006-FY 2009), describes interagency coordination efforts, and discusses the role of the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC).
·       Required Elements:  Describes the requirements for the Report to Congress in the CAA and CARA.  Includes programmatic and budget information from lead agencies within the HHS, Department of Education, Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Defense, and National Science Foundation.  
·       Updates on autism prevalence, diagnosis, screening, and average age for intervention.
·       Descriptions of federal programs evaluating effectiveness and outcomes of interventions.
·       Descriptions of federal programs providing adult services and supports.
 
This report is posted on the “Non-IACC Reports” web page on the IACC website.  The full length report contains a full list of references and the web version additionally contains links to the appropriate agency web pages with more information about the programs described.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

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