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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: 13,965
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

Dec 29, 2016 julian zrnic
Dec 29, 2016 Christine Elston I believe wholeheartedly in helping adults on the Autism Spectrum succeed!
Dec 29, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Dec 27, 2016 Daisy Mancia
Dec 15, 2016 Eve Delmonte
Nov 30, 2016 Kathy Smith
Nov 24, 2016 K Zoll
Nov 6, 2016 Kimberly Foster
Nov 3, 2016 Karen Cole I have an eighteen year old son with asperburgers and a nine year old stepson on the spectrum. It is difficult to find help paying for college and job prospects are discouraging for the 18 yr old. Hope it is better for the 9 yr old when he gets older!
Nov 3, 2016 Joan Summa It's about time!
Oct 31, 2016 Donna Star
Oct 25, 2016 Marsha Croner
Oct 13, 2016 Cindy austin
Oct 9, 2016 Beah Robinson
Oct 1, 2016 Patricia Uhlman
Sep 24, 2016 Sylvia Deanda
Sep 18, 2016 Joan Kennedy
Sep 18, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Sep 17, 2016 Mary Margaret Switlik
Sep 17, 2016 Dawn Gorman
Sep 10, 2016 Melanie Shah
Sep 9, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Sep 9, 2016 Clare Barnes
Sep 9, 2016 (Name not displayed) As a mother of a child with asperger syndrome I think it would be great to support programs that will help children on the spectrum to become part of the workforce and be independent.
Sep 9, 2016 Patti Fedula
Sep 8, 2016 Wendy Roth I'm a parent with a 20 year old son. desperately need more services especially in a remote area. This affects the adult with autism emotionally, with depression hand parent who supports.
Sep 8, 2016 (Name not displayed) My grandson has Aspergers. He graduated high school and took vac and electrical classes but can't get a job because of the inability to talk with people
Sep 8, 2016 Lauren Amick
Sep 1, 2016 Sharon Sutton
Aug 18, 2016 Gayle Fitzpatrick
Aug 17, 2016 Pamela Blinn
Aug 17, 2016 Leslie Hussey
Aug 14, 2016 Maricelis Benitez
Aug 12, 2016 Kari White
Aug 12, 2016 Jan vincent Ong
Aug 11, 2016 Suzanne Kinnaird This will be a wonderful opportunity for my son and others on the spectrum!
Aug 11, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Aug 11, 2016 Jesse Scott
Aug 11, 2016 (Name not displayed) That's great news. People with Autism offer something rare that no one who's not autistic can offer. They need a chance too
Aug 11, 2016 (Name not displayed) My son is 24 years old with a degree in Computer Aided Drafting. He can't find employment with his degree because of his "interviewing" skills. He is presently working in a minumum wage job. Wish he could actually use his real skills!
Aug 11, 2016 (Name not displayed) My grandson was diagnosed at age 6 and he will soon be 11. I can already see that support is dwindling as he grows older and I am so frightened for him.
Aug 11, 2016 Gloria Silvestre
Aug 11, 2016 Lauren Kester
Aug 11, 2016 Raquel Rosado Thank you ford
Aug 11, 2016 Jon Williams
Aug 11, 2016 Rachel Harrolle Yea!!! These programs are so desperately needed!!!
Aug 11, 2016 WenDee Gilmond My son has Autism and like many is finding it difficult to find work. He is a hard working individual who exceptionally talented and thinks outside the box and can see things that many others don't when assessing a problem.
Aug 10, 2016 Casey Roy
Aug 10, 2016 Linda Lynn
Aug 3, 2016 Linda Franks

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