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DJF Applauds Congress on Advancing the ATAA

Author: The Daniel Jordan Fiddle Foundation
Written On: Fri, 15 May 2009

The Daniel Jordan Fiddle Foundation, the only national Autism organization that has the mission to develop and award grants to programs that benefit adolescents and adults with Autism, applauds Congress and the sponsors of the Autism Treatment Acceleration Act, including New Jersey Senator Robert Menendez with whom we consulted on the legislation. The Autism Treatment Acceleration Act aims to meet the comprehensive needs of, and improve the quality of life for, individuals with Autism and their families by: The Autism Treatment Acceleration Act aims to meet the comprehensive needs of, and improve the quality of life for, individuals with autism and their families by:

Requiring that insurers provide coverage for the diagnosis and treatment of autism including Applied Behavioral Analysis therapy and assistive communication devices;
Creating a demonstration project to develop Autism Care Centers. These centers would provide a full array of medical, behavioral, mental health, educational and family care services to individuals and families in a single location. These comprehensive treatment facilities would increase access to quality health care services and communication among health care providers, educator and other providers of services;
Creating a demonstration project to provide a full array of services to adults with autism to improve their quality of life and enable them to live as independently as possible;
Establishing a voluntary population-based autism case registry to help understand the root causes, rates, and trends of autism;
Developing a national multimedia campaign to increase public education and awareness about healthy developmental milestones and autism throughout the lifespan;
Establishing an Interdepartmental Coordinating Committee – consisting of representatives from relevant governmental agencies, researchers and the public – to coordinate government activities relating to autism;
Establishing a national autism network to strengthen linkages between research and service initiatives at the federal, regional, state and local levels and facilitate the translation of research on autism into services and treatments that will improve the quality of life for individuals with autism and their families;
Creating a national training initiative on autism and a technical assistance center to develop and expand interdisciplinary training and continuing education on autism. The Daniel Jordan Fiddle Foundation fully endorses this vital and important legislation and we urge all of our supporters and constituents to contact their Senators and Congressmen to express their support of ATAA.