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To Petition the Government for a Redress of Grievances

Craig Snyder and Peter Bell

in Autism Spectrum Disorders

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Published in print May 2011 | ISBN: 9780195371826
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199965212 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med/9780195371826.003.0090
To Petition the Government for a Redress of Grievances

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This chapter begins by presenting two anecdotes illustrating just how far the autism community has come in advocating for the attention and assistance of the federal government. It then discusses why it has been necessary for parents to march and mobilize, and for lobbyists to be engaged and deployed on autism. Thus far, autism advocates have convinced the federal government to pass two landmark bills that have benefited their loved ones with autism—the Children's Health Act of 2000 and the Combating Autism Act of 2006. The community has also won the attention and action of the Pentagon by obtaining critical funds for autism research through the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs.

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Subjects: Child and Adolescent Psychiatry ; Neurology ; Neuroscience

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