Autism research progress is being questioned at upcoming congress hearing
An autism hearing in Congress is to be held this month to evaluate the federal government’s response to the cause of the disorder over the last decade.
The Combatting Autism Act (CAA) was passed as a result of collaborative efforts by the legislators from both sides of the aisle. Part of the legislation required that a panel would be formed tasked with developing a strategic plan for Autism research. The panel was named the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC).
When the IACC was created the rate of autism was 1 in 166. Despite millions of dollars given to the IACC through the CAA, Autism is currently affecting 1 in 88 children born in 2000.
More than $1 billion has been spent researching autism over the past decade. The research has not turned up any concrete causes of autism. As reported by Fox News, the cause of autism ranges from one extreme to another. Everything from genetics, to the father’s age, to the mother’s weight and recently if the mother had the flu while pregnant.
The questions they ask that you ask yourself are:
- 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?
Current federal contribution to autism research is only $170 million a year through the National Institutes of Health. Most of the money contributed has been spent on research into the genetic cause for autism, which is reported to only cause 20% of autism.
In contrast the federal contribution for autism research is only a fourth of the contribution to breast cancer and less than they will spend on asthma research. The incidence of autism continues to climb, costing the nation and the world as the children with autism grow into adulthood.