Several landmark pieces of autism legislation to benefit our loved ones are now on the table. A visit with your legislator will not only help important bills gain passage, but will also allow you to share your story and help put a face on autism for policy makers.
"Singly, we are like drops of water,
disappearing onto the desert floor as they fall.
But together, we can make a thunderstorm!"
Amity Gaige, We Are a Thunderstorm!
Autism Action Network -- Action Alerts
Current Autism LegislationH.R. 5887: Vaccine Safety and Public Confidence Assurance Act of 2006
This bill was introduced by Congressman Dave Weldon (R-FL) and is co-sponsored by Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (D-NY). It will revolutionize the way vaccine safety research is conducted, creating a separate agency to oversee vaccine safety. Currently, vaccine safety research is conducted by the CDC, the same agency responsible for promoting high vaccination rates. As we all know, this is a conflict of interest that has been detrimental to our children and can no longer be tolerated.
H.R. 5940: Comprehensive Comparative Study of Vaccinated and Unvaccinated Populations Act of 2006
Introduced by Representatives Maloney and Tom Osborne (R-NE), this bill would ensure that the studies that should have been undertaken years ago by the CDC are finally conducted. Comparing health outcomes between vaccinated and unvaccinated children will lead to a greater understanding of the potential connection between vaccines and juvenile diabetes, asthma, allergies, neurological disorders and a host of other diagnoses that have risen over the past two decades.
H.R. 881: Mercury-Free Vaccines Act of 2005
This bill was introduced last year by Congressman Weldon and is co-sponsored by Carolyn Maloney. Thimerosal is still present in many vaccines, including most versions of the flu vaccine routinely administered to pregnant women and young children. We must convince our legislators that injecting humans with a neurotoxin is not good public health care policy. Many other countries have banned mercury from vaccines and the U.S. is lagging behind in addressing this obvious risk to human health.
The Time to Act is NOW!
Tell your representatives that you support these bills and ask that they become co-sponsors. For the sake of our children’s future and for the health of generations to come, we must work together to see that autism legislation is enacted.
Source: National Autism Association
To find a bill currently in legislation in Congress and sponsors of the bill click here.
President Barack Obama's
"We must build a world free of unnecessary barriers, stereotypes, and discrimination.... policies must be developed, attitudes must be shaped, and buildings and organizations must be designed to ensure that everyone has a chance to get the education they need and live independently as full citizens in their communities."~Barack Obama, April 11, 2008
President Obama and Vice President Biden are committed to supporting Americans with Autism Spectrum Disorders (“ASD”), their families, and their communities. There are a few key elements to their support, which are as follows:
- First, President Obama and Vice President Biden support increased funding for autism research, treatment, screenings, public awareness, and support services. There must be research of the treatments for, and the causes of, ASD.
- Second, President Obama and Vice President Biden support improving life-long services for people with ASD for treatments, interventions and services for both children and adults with ASD.
- Third, President Obama and Vice President Biden support funding the Combating Autism Act and working with Congress, parents and ASD experts to determine how to further improve federal and state programs for ASD.
- Fourth, President Obama and Vice President Biden support universal screening of all infants and re-screening for all two-year-olds, the age at which some conditions, including ASD, begin to appear. These screenings will be safe and secure, and available for every American that wants them. Screening is essential so that disabilities can be identified early enough for those children and families to get the supports and services they need.
View the detailed autism legislation
plan proposed by President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden.
Contact Your Legislators
Write, call and visit your elected Senators and U.S. Representatives in Congress to show your support for autism legislation or voice your concerns.
How important are your calls and letters to Legislators?
- Every call you make to your Senators = 10 opinions like yours.
- Every e-mail = 1 opinion like yours.
- Every letter = 100 opinions like yours.
- Every letter with attached names or petitions with it = 500 like-minded opinions.
The opinions of voters are of top importance to our elected officials and face-to-face meetings leave a lasting impression that will influence their support for the legislation most important to our loved ones. Before you call, check out these helpful tips.
Guidelines For Making Phone Calls
1. Do not make collect phone calls.
2. Know your material -- prepare notes before you call.
3. Identify yourself as a constituent and identify the bill by name and number. Click here to find a bill currently in legislation in Congress and/or its sponsor(s).
4. Know if your legislator is an author or sponsor.
5. Ask for their vote, and explain why.
6. Phone calls are most effective just before a vote, particularly in committee or subcommittee.
7. If a legislator is out, leave a name and number, and request that they return your call.
8. If time is short, leave a message -- identify the bill, asking for their vote and explaining why.
9. If you are part of a "telephone tree," call as soon as possible after you are contacted. It means a vote is near.
Source: New York State Assembly
If you cannot make a personal visit to your representative, consider mailing a letter with your personal story, along with a picture of your child and request their support for these important bills.
Autism Legislation Resources
View the article Guidelines For Meeting With Policy Makers
Communicate With Your Federal Officials
U.S. Capitol Switchboard: (202) 224-3121
U.S. Senate: (202) 224-3121
U.S. House of Representatives: (202) 224-3121
Contact Local Media
Don’t forget to bring along a digital camera to get photos of you and your child meeting with your representative that can then be submitted to your local media.
Autism Legislation: Take Action!
Do you want to make a positive change in your child's life now? First, be sure to register to vote.
Register to Vote
To be eligible to vote, you must be a registered voter. In order to register, you must:
- Be a United States Citizen
- Be at least 18 years of age in most states
- Have not been convicted of a felony, or if convicted, your sentence and parole have been completed longer than two years ago
- Have not been officially found to be mentally incompetent
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