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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: 13,913
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

Jul 24, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Jul 22, 2016 Francine Allen Autistic adults don't want to be discarded. Many try their best to interact positively with a society that seldom understands them. Help them with social skills, job-coaching and training, etc. tailored to their needs so they can exist positively.
Jul 13, 2016 Charles Ehlschlaeger
Jul 13, 2016 Megan Finnegan Supporting people to find gainful employment and move towards self sufficiency, maybe even find fulfilling lives in the process? This is something we need to support.
Jul 13, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Jul 13, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Jul 13, 2016 Dianne Loyet
Jul 8, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Jul 8, 2016 Karen Edler
Jul 8, 2016 gena ross
Jul 8, 2016 Sharon Thompson
Jul 8, 2016 Jennifer Hawkins
Jul 8, 2016 Janelle Schulkind
Jul 8, 2016 Kimberly Payne
Jul 8, 2016 Noreen Donely I think all firms should take on young adults with aspergers/ autism. My 24 year old son has aspergers and is finding it so hard to get a job. He has got so much to offer employers as well.
Jul 8, 2016 (Name not displayed) My hope is to see programs like this across the U.S. - great idea!
Jul 8, 2016 Pam Crosby Please support this and give adults on the spectrum a chance
Jul 8, 2016 (Name not displayed) Thank you for this program,hopefully more programs like yours will follow.
Jul 8, 2016 Barbara Martin
Jul 8, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Jul 8, 2016 (Name not displayed) I would love to see my son have an opportunity like this. We don't live in Detroit, but instead New Jersey. If this PROGRAM ever comes to New Jersey, let me know!
Jul 8, 2016 Graham Dobbs
Jul 8, 2016 Connie Jeffrey I have autism, I know how hard it is to work will in the work force. Good to see a company to help us that struggle day to day.
Jul 8, 2016 candy almaraz Hello'my 17 yr.old son has autism,is there any way yall can help find a job for him
Jul 8, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Jul 7, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Jul 7, 2016 Dianne Fosco PLEASE help our young adults with autism!! They just want to be like everyone else & have a real job & be productive!
Jul 7, 2016 Frank Cappellino
Jul 7, 2016 Princess Hall I support this cause
Jul 7, 2016 Jessie Samayoa What a wonderful thing to do for those with ASD.
Jul 7, 2016 Marijo Rauzan
Jul 7, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Jul 7, 2016 (Name not displayed) This petition is very important to me because my brother has autism and I worry about how he can provide for himself. Autistic individuals have the right to support themselves just like any other individual.
Jul 7, 2016 Jenny Hof My son has Aspergers. He is a brilliant child, as are all these children. They deserve the opportunity to succeed. Just because their learning mechanism is different than most, doesn't mean they aren't capable. With casese rising, we need change.
Jul 7, 2016 (Name not displayed) This is such a great idea! Please continue to fight on behalf of people with autism. Thank you!
Jul 7, 2016 CHRISTY JOBE
Jul 7, 2016 Vickie Harbaugh This is a great idea, my Granddaughter will graduate high school in two years, and will be in media arts, she would benefit from this.
Jul 7, 2016 James Bevilacqua
Jul 7, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Jul 7, 2016 Karla Boals I have 2 children that are autistic. A forty years old, and her daughter that's 12 years old. They will need a secure job, when I leave this world and no longer be able to take care of them.
Jul 7, 2016 Patrice Sena Autism is for life, not just in childhood...
Jul 7, 2016 Ramola Ganasen As anaprentbof an adolescent child on the spectrum.. I totally support and appreciate this cause.
Jul 7, 2016 Kathryn Craig
Jul 7, 2016 marie mccormick I think this is a really good program and would like to see more around. Thank you for starting it.
Jul 7, 2016 Dorothy Robins
Jul 7, 2016 Erin Schmidt
Jul 6, 2016 Cody Coose
Jul 6, 2016 Carol Sallee We need to tap into the specific talents of many on the Spectrum which will only benefit everyone.
Jul 6, 2016 Christine Bilowith I have a son who is 11 years old now on the autism spectrum with ADHD and would love to know that there is a place for his wonderful talents and no negative focus on the more challenging aspects of his uniqueness.
Jul 6, 2016 James Whyte

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