The requirement in the Combating Autism Act (CAA) for a Strategic Plan (SP) with a budget for autism research gives the community a unique and unprecedented opportunity to influence the conduct of federal autism research. The future of NIH-funded autism research will be decided in the next couple months as the strategic plan nears completion and submission to Congress. The entire autism community must again unite to fight for an effective plan. An “early draft” of the SP has been completed and will be presented Tuesday morning 10 AM - 1 PM EDT at a teleconference meeting of an outside “workgroup” for review (register HERE) and listen here [888-455-2920, code 3857872], and at a public meeting on the NIH campus in Bethesda on July 15 9 AM - 4 PM of the Inter-Agency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC), register HERE.
The community must act quickly and in unity to ensure that the CAA research money is spent in a way that will be of greatest benefit to families already dealing with ASD and to the prevention of future cases.