THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 29th AT 2:00 PM
RAYBURN HOUSE OFFICE BUILDING - ROOM 2154
PARENTS AND ADVOCATES:
PLEASE ATTEND, GET YOUR CONGRESSMAN TO ATTEND AND SPREAD THE WORD. COME TO WASHINGTON. BRING YOUR CHILDREN.
On Thursday, November 29th at 2:00 pm, The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform will hold a hearing regarding the federal response to autism over the past decade. EBCALA, SafeMinds and many individual parents have worked hard to make this happen. Our understanding is that two panels are scheduled - one of government witnesses and one of public witnesses, including SafeMinds.
Do you think the federal government is doing enough about autism?
Do you think the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee has helped your family?
Do you think federal policies have prevented new cases of autism?
Have you seen results from the government's hundreds of millions of dollars in research spending?
If you answered "No" to these questions, here's what you can do to help:
- Attend the hearing if possible. Bring your child or children if you can. Let's try to make the hearing "standing room only". Be visible.
- Contact your Congressman right now. Committee members and contact info are listed here and it is critical that they attend the hearing. If yours is on the list, make sure you contact their office (leave a message) and ask that they attend. Other Representatives can be found here. Ask them to attend the hearing and stay for the entire meeting. If they cannot, ask them to send staff. If you are going to Washington, ask for an office meeting, before or after the hearing, to talk about your family's needs and concerns. Or meet with them Thanksgiving week when they are home in your district. Remember they work for you and this is the first time in 10 years that Congress has provided oversight of autism activities. Encourage them to get involved in the House Autism Caucus long term.
Stay tuned for more updates including the names of those who are testifying, materials to share with your Representatives and further details.
Thanks for your help in making this a meaningful event!