“Funding For ASD Research Is Trending Up”

Posted: August 7, 2015 by AMCPress And Co in Activism, advocacy, Disability Awareness, Disability Issues, Disability News
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Federal funding for autism research has yo-yoed in recent years, but  is on the rise which was reported in a government report finds. In between 2008 and 2012, federal dollars for autism research as grown 45 percent, reaching $245 million in 2012 according to the Government Accountability Office.

The increase is due to the part of American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, which is to stimulus effort in a response to the recession which boosted funding for autism research over $288 million in 2010 before spending back the funds. 

11 federal agencies gave out nearly $1.2 billion in funding for autism research between 2008 and 2012. The majority came from the National Institutes of Health. Though overall the funding increased, spending remained disparate by category, according to the GAO. Biological research consistently received the most support followed by efforts to examine treatments and interventions, causes, diagnosis as well any infrastructures and surveillance.

Funding for services and the lifespan issues have remained low throughout the years which have been assessed. The GAO report came at the request of U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander from Tennessee and Senator Patty Murray from Washington who has led the Senate’s education committee along with other members of Congress. The finding have been sent to the lawmakers in June however the finding were not released to the publicly until last month.

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