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Bono Praises Senate Committee's Passage of the Combating Autism Act

Location: Washington, DC

Bono Praises Senate Committee's Passage of the Combating Autism Act

Today Congresswoman Bono praised the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee's passage of the Combating Autism Act, S. 843, which would increase funding to combat the growing epidemic of autism in America through research, screening, intervention and education efforts.

"I am pleased that the Senate HELP Committee has moved forward on this measure that will provide hope and healing to the many families impacted by autism," said Bono. "Effective treatment and early diagnosis of autism can make all the difference in a child's life. Autism is the fastest growing developmental disability in our nation, affecting up to 1.5 million children today. However, at present, neither the cause nor the cure is known.

"The Combating Autism Act will support the medical community's efforts to better understand autism and to improve intervention and services for families affected by autism. I look forward to continued cooperation on all levels to address this important issue."

Congresswoman Bono introduced the House version of the Combating Autism Act, H.R. 2421, in May of 2005, which has earned the bipartisan support of 135 co-sponsors. Specifically, H.R. 2421 would expand research and coordination at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to discover possible causes and potential treatments of autism, increase autism awareness through the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and integrate health, education and disability programs for persons diagnosed with autism.

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