President Trump Signs Autism CARES Act to Expand Support for Autistic Individuals

By: Renee Fabian,,

October 2, 2019

On Monday, President Donald Trump signed the Autism Collaboration, Accountability, Research, Education and Support (CARES) Act of 2019 into law, which will provide support to people on the spectrum across the lifespan.

The Autism CARES Act (H.R. 1058) is a reauthorization of an earlier bill that provided support for autistic people, the Combating Autism Act of 2006. The original bill, which uses outdated language and thinking to imply autism is something to be “cured,” was set to expire at the end of September and many families would have been cut off from the support they received through the legislation.

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