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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: 13,839
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, 2016 Tamara Montgomery
Jun 30, 2016 (Name not displayed) I have a son that is Autistic.. something like this sounds great!!
Jun 30, 2016 Jennifer Rumpel
Jun 30, 2016 Kassy Nelson Lots of respect for FORD! Way to goπŸ˜€
Jun 30, 2016 Glynis Gibbs This is great!!! Please advise if this will also be done internationally?
Jun 29, 2016 Yolanda Henry Support people with autism. Their people too, they just learn and communicate differently
Jun 29, 2016 Bob Zimbeck Have a 27 year old autistic son for whom we have been trying to find a job. After years of searching we still cannot find a job for a fairly high functioning , low verbal wonderful young man.
Jun 29, 2016 Conni Hebert
Jun 29, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Jun 26, 2016 Natalie Bieniarz
Jun 24, 2016 Ro Heredia I have a 19 years old boy with autistm, so we need of this opportunities for them
Jun 24, 2016 Jan Smit (Rev. Dr.) As the parent of a beautiful daughter with autism I can only say that this initiative is to be praised. Thank you Ford and may your example be followed.
Jun 24, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Jun 18, 2016 Karen Chilton
Jun 18, 2016 Elizabeth Berry
Jun 13, 2016 Susan Case
Jun 11, 2016 Sharon Smith
Jun 11, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Jun 11, 2016 Claire Nowak
Jun 10, 2016 Shannon Nowak My son will be 15 this August and our country needs more programs like this one! THANK YOU FORD MOTOR COMPANY!
Jun 10, 2016 Jeffie Riley I have a wonderful great grandson with Asperger's Syndrome. He's very bright and full of focus and attention to detail. He's 12 now and will be needing to fit into the workforce in a few years. I PRAY for opportunities to contribute to & gain from work
Jun 10, 2016 Kavita Teckchandani
Jun 10, 2016 Bonine Jacob How wonderful, may many other companies foll!
Jun 10, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Jun 10, 2016 Patricia Hilton I hope more companies like FORD start programs of their own. Thank You FORD.
Jun 10, 2016 Jennifer Myrick
Jun 10, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Jun 9, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Jun 9, 2016 (Name not displayed) We need to provide more job opportunities for individuals with autism. Please support the cause!
Jun 9, 2016 Kirk Benedict My name is Kirk, and I grew up living with Autism spectrum disorder. It was hard to understand some things like social skills and self respect, but from the support of my family and friends, I overcame my difficulties. Anything is achievable!
Jun 9, 2016 Amy Burnette
Jun 9, 2016 Becky Steen
Jun 9, 2016 Jenny Hoeve I have a 16 yr old son with asd this sounds very interesting and for ford to give these people a chance is just so great well done ford
Jun 9, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Jun 9, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Jun 9, 2016 Rita Shutran Young adults need programs like this. They have better things to do than sit & play games all day!! My grandson WANTS to work, he just has difficulty in making connections. THANKS!!!
Jun 9, 2016 Johanna Studnicka Thank You from a mother with a soon to be college bound son with Autism. This is an up and coming issue society will be facing. You are being proactive - awesome!
Jun 9, 2016 Kathy O'Donnell
Jun 9, 2016 Cynthia Lucius
Jun 9, 2016 Paula Roman I support the Autism Services and Workforce Accelaration Act
Jun 9, 2016 Eileen Maggiore My grandson is 12 years old and I worry about him as he reaches adulthood. He is non verbal at this time. What will his future be?
Jun 9, 2016 Lisa Diestelhorst I have a 20 yr.old son with Autism and he would Love a job, but no one in our area will hire him. We have filled out numerous job applications and still nothing. This is an excellent thing that Ford is doing. I wish more companies would do this.
Jun 9, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Jun 9, 2016 (Name not displayed) My Son is 21 and he is now looking to find a job... I'm worried that some jobs won't understand him. Thank You Ford For Doing This For people with Autism. πŸ˜„πŸ‘πŸΌπŸ‘πŸΌ
Jun 9, 2016 Jana Toney
Jun 9, 2016 Angela Eads
Jun 9, 2016 Cheryl Whitten My son has Asperger Syndrome as well as a TBI since birth, just graduated high school, struggles are intense, however these programs are tremendous, hope what you are doing will encourage other businesses to follow you. Thank You!
Jun 9, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Jun 9, 2016 Michelle Barker All companies should be like ford for ASD kids and adults for jobs
Jun 9, 2016 irfan saleem My son is the victim of autism. I hereby support such hiring initiates by MNCs globally.

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