IACC Calls for Doubled Autism Research Funding A new federal plan for autism research and service priorities recommends doubling the government and private autism research budget from the 2015 level of $343 million to $685 million by the year 2020. The recommendation is part of the 2016–2017 Strategic Plan for Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) of the Interagency ... News in Brief
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IACC Calls for Doubled Autism Research Funding
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News in Brief   |   January 01, 2018
IACC Calls for Doubled Autism Research Funding
The ASHA Leader, January 2018, Vol. 23, 10. doi:10.1044/leader.NIB1.23012018.10
The ASHA Leader, January 2018, Vol. 23, 10. doi:10.1044/leader.NIB1.23012018.10
A new federal plan for autism research and service priorities recommends doubling the government and private autism research budget from the 2015 level of $343 million to $685 million by the year 2020.
The recommendation is part of the 2016–2017 Strategic Plan for Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) of the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC), a federal advisory committee created by Congress to accelerate progress in ASD research and services. The plan, updated from the 2013 document, provides guidance to federal and private partner organizations about ASD research and service priorities, knowledge gaps and goals.
IACC includes representatives from federal agencies involved in ASD services and research, adults with ASD, parents and family members of people with ASD, advocates, researchers, providers, and other public stakeholders.
The plan encompasses seven community-based questions about ASD that address diagnosis, underlying biology, risk factors, treatment and intervention, services and supports, transitional supports, and infrastructures for research and services. The updated plan lists 23 new strategic objectives to better understand and address the needs of people with ASD.
The recommended funding increase “would represent an aggressive, yet realistic jump start to support research that can significantly move the field forward,” the plan says, but is insufficient to accomplish all the research goals.
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