Autism is a complex brain disorder that inhibits a person's ability to communicate and develop social relationships and is often accompanied by extreme behavioral challenges. The Combating Autism Act gives efforts to combat this disease a much needed shot in the arm and places the federal government in a leadership role in diagnostics, causes and cures for autism. The Act authorizes nearly $1 billion dollars, a fifty percent increase, over the next five years to combat autism through research, screening, early detection and early intervention.
The Combating Autism Act is a ray of hope to the thousands of families struggling every day with autism and I am proud of the role I played in ensuring its passage. I look forward to seeing the results of this increase in resources to researchers at the National Institutes of Health.