Leaders in The Arc:  

This is an important bill related to developmental disabilities as well as autism and the LEND Program at the Institute for Disability & Human Development at UIC! I was briefed on this bill at our national convention last week. 

We need Senator Kirk and Durbin to support this bill. Please call or act now.

Tony Paulauski
The Arc of Illinois

Action Alert - The Arc
We’re Almost There ….
Yesterday, the House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed the bipartisan “Combating Autism Reauthorization Act” (H.R. 2005) by voice vote.  This is a major victory BUT we are not “out of the woods” yet. Senator MenendezSen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ), the lead sponsor of the Senate bill (S. 1094), then went to floor to ask his Senate colleagues to unanimously agree to pass the bill.  Unexpectedly, two Senators raised objections to passing the bill under unanimous consent:  Sens. Tom Coburn (R-OK) and Jim DeMint (R-SC).  Click here to watch the videos.What Does the Combating Autism Act Do? 

It provides funding to educate professionals about proper screening, diagnosis, and intervention for children with autism spectrum disorder and other developmental disabilities.  It also funds autism research and surveillance.  The Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) program is just one of the things that the CAA supports..  Click here to learn more.
Why is This Important Now?

The Combating Autism Act will expire on September 30.   If it is not reauthorized before then, people with all developmental disabilities stand to lose appropriate diagnostic, early intervention, and support services.  

Take Action
Call your Senators’ offices TODAY.  Click on the “Take Action” link and enter your zip code to locate your Senator’s phone number.
What to Say:

“Please Vote for S. 1094, the reauthorization of the Combating Autism Act, before the Senate recess.