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If you previously signed this petition on The Child Health Site, your signature has been sent to the corresponding senators. If you know someone who is interested in this cause, please direct them to sign the petition! Thank you!
Goal: 20,000 Progress: 13,328
Sponsored by: The Autism Site

Families in the United States are struggling more than ever in the face of autism insurance discrimination as well as a lack of resources, assistance, and support. It's no secret that families dealing with autism are exceedingly underrepresented.

A new piece of legislation called the Autism Services and Workforce Acceleration Act, if passed, would create a national initiative to provide more comprehensive support for people with autism. It is intended to provide critical educational and vocational services to adults — a demographic where autism support falls drastically after primary education. It also aims to give residential assistance to adults.

We cannot underestimate the importance of providing support to those who are dealing with autism. Sign the petition in support of the Autism Services and Workforce Acceleration Act today.

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Dear Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL), Bob Casey (D-PA), Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY):

I am writing to thank you for your continued dedication to families in America who are facing autism today. You recently introduced the Autism Services and Workforce Acceleration Act to Congress. This important piece of legislation aims to provide more comprehensive services to those with autism, such as postsecondary education, employment assistance, and help with housing.

Today, much of the autism support offered in childhood drops off drastically as the child becomes an adult. Programs and services to help adults with autism lag far behind those offered through the primary school system.

Please continue to fight on behalf of people with autism.

Thank you!

Petition Signatures

Jun 30, 2015 Ilene Ehrlich Please sign: provide programs and funding for adults with autism who have reached or are past the age of 21. http://wh.gov/i8gbd
Jun 29, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jun 25, 2015 Kathleen Tashiro
Jun 23, 2015 Kaitlin Kennedy
Jun 19, 2015 Nancy Kelly
Jun 19, 2015 Evelyn Campos
Jun 19, 2015 Rhoda Barr I have an 18 year old grandson with Autism. He is NOT stupid or ignorant, He will need help after high school. His family will need that extra help so they can work as he can't at this point be left on his own.
Jun 17, 2015 Leigh Parker
Jun 17, 2015 Sheryl Hesseltine As an adult autistic, a sibling of an autistic, and a parent of an autistic becoming an adult I understand how valuable this legislation is. There is a startling lack of resources for autistic adults, even young adults who are trying to figure out life.
Jun 16, 2015 Valerie Maguill Most assistance ends when the Autistic child graduates High School, leaving the child and the family unable to cope. Please help by extending the support threw out life for those who need it.
Jun 15, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jun 12, 2015 S. Marsh
Jun 11, 2015 Jane Wallace Bring on the help
Jun 2, 2015 (Name not displayed) i support Autism workforce
May 31, 2015 Deborah Clarke
May 28, 2015 Mishelle Johnson
May 27, 2015 Humberto Acosta
May 26, 2015 Steph Lawrence
May 26, 2015 cathryn carrington
May 25, 2015 Theresa Noll
May 23, 2015 Tamar Dansby
May 23, 2015 Casey Roy
May 23, 2015 Shawnti Prince
May 23, 2015 Charmain LaFountain
May 23, 2015 Brenda Whiting
May 21, 2015 Gen Agustsson I support them but they shall not age-out of school. It's not fair to us
May 9, 2015 Donita Lowrey
May 7, 2015 Diane Fletcher
Apr 30, 2015 Sharon Anderson
Apr 24, 2015 Christina Michael
Apr 22, 2015 Lisa Caughman Please continue your fight on behalf of people with autism. Their future depends on you. They are our future too.
Apr 20, 2015 Lisa Torsiello
Apr 20, 2015 louise millea
Apr 16, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Apr 15, 2015 Kristin Korber Please support this initiative.
Apr 15, 2015 Carolyn Backus
Apr 15, 2015 Vasilios Tsoukis
Apr 15, 2015 Susan McNary-Murray
Apr 14, 2015 Larry Branson
Apr 14, 2015 Denise Otero
Apr 14, 2015 Hilda Jones
Apr 14, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Apr 13, 2015 (Name not displayed) I have a great deal of contact with persons with autism and they need assistance.
Apr 13, 2015 Victoria Walker
Apr 13, 2015 Elizabeth Muldoon I have a nephew who has autism. There is a great need to help these adult's through life.
Apr 12, 2015 (Name not displayed) my son has aspergers. He, and others like him, need the support.
Apr 12, 2015 rose gallaher
Apr 12, 2015 Laura Wilson
Apr 12, 2015 rene vizcaino
Apr 11, 2015 (Name not displayed)

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