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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: 13,936
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

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
Jul 28, 2016 Chrisrine Alvarez
Jul 27, 2016 Danielle Schultz
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!

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