IACC is defunct for all intents and purposes. Autism was no where to be found on either Presidential candidate's radar during the 2020 race. Do President Biden and Vice President Harris have any plan? do we even want them to notice us? Katie Wright has followed and written about IACC for us over the years. Most reviews by her were half a star. The upside to being ignored is that is appears that the intense bias toward neurodiversity of the worst version is lessened. But families are still being crushed. COVID has worsened life for so many, from tots who can not get Early Intervention services in person (imagine Zoom speech therapy for a 2 year old?) to adults without job coaching or jobs, and day programming.
From Disability Scoop:
Federal Autism Committee Remains Defunct
A federal committee charged with guiding the nation’s priorities on autism remains in disarray nearly a year and a half after Congress reauthorized it.
The panel known as the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee — comprised of federal officials and members of the autism community — is tasked with advising the secretary of health and human services and coordinating federal activities related to the developmental disability.
The IACC last met in July 2019 and every member of the panel saw their term expire at the end of that September. Congress renewed the committee in a version of the Autism CARES Act, which took effect in October 2019, and nominations for new members were accepted between Nov. 19, 2019 and Feb. 21, 2020. Read more at Disability Scoop.