See Full US Congress Hearings On The Autism Pandemic – Web Links Here – Video & Transcripts

Official Title for Congressional Oversight Committee Hearings:

1 in 88 Children: A Look Into the Federal Response to Rising Rates of Autism

Oversight Committee Mission Statement

We exist to secure two fundamental principles. First, Americans have a right to know that the money Washington takes from them is well spent. And second, Americans deserve an efficient, effective government that works for them.  Our duty on the Oversight and Government Reform Committee is to protect these rights.

Our solemn responsibility is to hold government accountable to taxpayers, ……. We will work tirelessly …. to deliver the facts to the American people and bring genuine reform ……..”

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Part 1

Chairman’s Preview Statement

2:00 P.M. in 2154 Rayburn House Office Building November 29, 2012

Congress spends a lot of time discussing and debating issues that are determined by our own philosophical belief on what the role of government should be. Today we are drawing attention to something that has no political affiliation, no partisan allegiance, something much more fundamental and something much more personal.

Right now, 1 in 88 children are identified with Autism Spectrum Disorder or ASD. At the start of this century, that ratio was 1 in 150. The truth is we don’t know enough about ASD.  We do know, however, that it is being diagnosed far more frequently than it was just a few years ago.

In recognition of this increase and of the reality that we don’t know enough about ASD, the Congress passed the Combating Autism Act in 2006 to establish the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee so we could facilitate an exchange of information and coordination in the hopes of raising awareness and understanding of ASD research and services. In Fiscal Year 2012, Congress directed $230 million for ASD-specific research and services.

Today, we will get a clearer picture on what is being done, what questions still need to be answered and what needs exist for those children, adults and families who live with an Autism Spectrum Disorder.

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Part 2

Part 3

Witnesses

Alan Guttmacher, M.D. (testimony)
Director, Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
National Institutes of Health

Coleen Boyle, Ph.D. (testimony)
Director of the National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Mr. Bob Wright (testimony)
Co-Founder
Autism Speaks

Mr. Scott Badesch (testimony)
President
Autism Society

Mr. Mark Blaxill (testimony)
Board Member
SafeMinds

Mr. Bradley McGarry (testimony)
Coordinator of the Asperger Initiative at Mercyhurst
Mercyhurst University

Mr. Michael John Carley (testimony)
Executive Director
Global & Regional Asperger Syndrome Partnership

Mr. Ari Ne’eman (testimony)
President
Autistic Self Advocacy Network
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