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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: 11,169
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

Oct 25, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Oct 24, 2014 Tammy coey
Oct 23, 2014 Melissa Davis
Oct 23, 2014 Stacie Reeves
Oct 23, 2014 colleen potter
Oct 19, 2014 Heather Young
Oct 17, 2014 San Vicencio
Oct 16, 2014 Stephanie Fredericks
Oct 13, 2014 Tammy Edwards
Oct 12, 2014 Richard Bosboom
Oct 11, 2014 paula costa
Oct 10, 2014 Nicole McFarling Employment for adults on the spectrum must be addressed now. I am a PhD candidate proposing a study on the employment experiences or lack thereof of adults with Asperger's and employers experience hiring an employee with autism.
Oct 10, 2014 Wendy Williams
Oct 10, 2014 Paola Lomboy Adults with Autism deserve to be able to work and supported as they gain their independence and find their way in the world.
Oct 10, 2014 Steph McGuire Celebrate our strengths but allowing everyone a chance to share theirs
Oct 10, 2014 becky holmes
Oct 9, 2014 carole cherry
Oct 9, 2014 sandra manzano I have an 18yr old son with autism so this very important to me
Oct 9, 2014 Lauren Campbell
Oct 9, 2014 Tempa Grabans I know a few people with autism two children and one adult I will do whatever I can to help them
Oct 9, 2014 ivelisse betances please support adult with austim
Oct 9, 2014 jerry Vasquez
Oct 9, 2014 Theresa Vasquez Currently my son needs extensive dental work that needs to be done in the hospital!! But my Insurance company is denying it!! He is autistic!!
Oct 9, 2014 angela solon
Oct 9, 2014 Elizabeth Boyle
Oct 9, 2014 Lynn Riley
Oct 9, 2014 stella bowe
Oct 9, 2014 art keeley
Oct 9, 2014 Anita Miller/ Help the people who need help. Where is the compassion for someone's struggle???
Oct 9, 2014 Jennifer Reeves
Oct 9, 2014 melissa sherman
Oct 9, 2014 Darryl Nelum II
Oct 9, 2014 nadine gombert There should be help for families dealing with adult children with autism. Charity begins at home! Stop helping other countries and help those who need it in your own country! The people who vote for you!
Oct 9, 2014 Leanne Pritchett
Oct 9, 2014 Dawn McChesney
Oct 9, 2014 Jennifer Stanley
Oct 9, 2014 Brooke Cole
Oct 9, 2014 Sandra Olejniczak
Oct 9, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Oct 9, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Oct 9, 2014 katie firanek
Oct 9, 2014 Alejandra Bolanos
Oct 9, 2014 Karen Baughman
Oct 9, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Oct 9, 2014 Jadine Dewitt
Oct 9, 2014 Monique garay
Oct 9, 2014 Dave Click
Oct 9, 2014 Kristina day
Oct 9, 2014 holly strickland
Oct 9, 2014 Joyce Thompson Adults with autism are very much in need of services and support.

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