AUTISM HEARING IN
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 29th AT 2:00 PM
RAYBURN HOUSE OFFICE BUILDING - ROOM
PARENTS AND ADVOCATES:
PLEASE ATTEND, GET YOUR CONGRESSMAN
TO ATTEND AND SPREAD THE WORD. COME TO WASHINGTON. BRING YOUR
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
- 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.
Representative to make sure this is the first of numerous hearings
investigating autism and affiliated issues. We don't just want
attention, we want solutions! This is especially critical if your
Representative is on the committee. We need new champions to carry
on after Congressman Burton retires.
and organizations are able to submit written testimony to the hearing. If
you are a member of a local autism organization, encourage them to
participate by submitting a written statement. Statements become
part of the formal record of the hearing. To submit testimony, you
may fax it directly to the Committee at (202) 225-3974, or e-mail it to
Beth Clay at firstname.lastname@example.org and she will ensure it is
delivered to the Committee.
Ask C-Span to
televise the hearing. Call 202-737-3220 and politely ask that they televise
the hearing on C-Span 3 which covers hearings. Tell them that this
is an important issue that deserves more attention and why it affects you
Congressman Burton for his advocacy over the years and for pushing for
this hearing to happen by sending him an e-mail here or calling his office at 202-225-2276.
You may also fax him at his Indiana Office at (317)
846-7306 or his DC office at Fax: (202) 225-0016
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