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Combating Autism Reauthorization Act of 2011

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Location: Washington, DC

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Mr. LOEBSACK. Mr. Speaker, today, one in every 110 children is diagnosed with autism and 1.5 million individuals in the United States are affected by this disorder. The rate of autism is increasing by at least 10 percent annually, but scientists do not yet know why. That is why research into causes and treatments for autism is so important.

That is why I rise today in support of the Combating Autism Reauthorization Act of 2011, which would reauthorize the surveillance and research program for autism spectrum disorders and other developmental disabilities through 2014. The bill would also authorize programs for education, early detection, and intervention, which will give the families affected by this disorder access to the best available care and help make everyone more aware of the impact autism can have on those diagnosed and their families.

Autism affects the constituents of every single Member of Congress. In my own district I have met with families who are affected by autism and participated in walks to raise awareness of this disorder. I urge my colleagues to support bipartisan passage of this important legislation.

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