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NCIL Joins Broad Disability Coalition Joint Letter on Combating Autism Act Reauthorization

NCIL has joined a broad coalition of advocates urging substantive changes to the Combating Autism Act. The following letter was sent to Senator Menendez, Representative Smith, and Representative Doyle, and outlines common-sense recommendations that will ensure that federal funds are better used to benefit the community that this legislation is designed to serve, including:

  • Rebalance the Autism Research Agenda
  • Increase representation of services-oriented agencies and autistic adults on the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC)
  • Stop the use of language that stigmatizes autistic individuals.

Read the letter and see a list of supporters.

Visit ASAN’s #StopCombatingMe web page to find out how to take action on this issue.


  1. Thumb up for guys in NCIL. This is very important for all.

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