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Major increase in autism research funding requested

Different medical conditions see different levels of research funding. How much such funding has autism seen in recent times? It is estimated that, in 2015, $343 million was put towards autism research. This includes both public and private funds. This is well below the funding levels for some other conditions, such as AIDS and Alzheimer’s disease.

A request is being made asking that autism research funding levels be increased significantly in the next few years.

The request is from a government advisory panel, the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee. The panel is requesting that autism funding be raised more than $300 million above the estimated levels from 2015 by 2020. Specifically, it is asking that this level reach $685 million by that year.

A member of this panel has noted that this requested future funding level is aspirational and may very well not be reached. The hope is that the request will at least raise awareness of autism research funding needs and move the needle upwards on autism funding levels.

One wonders what levels the funding for autism research will end up hitting by 2020. How much in research funding is directed towards a given condition is among the many things that can impact what sort of research is done on that condition. This, in turn, can impact what kinds of information and insights are out there regarding the condition.

When important insights are uncovered regarding autism, many things can impact how much of an effect the insights have on children with this condition. This includes how much schools incorporate these insights into the educational services provided to and the education plans formed for students with autism. What exactly a school factors in when it comes to such plans and services can have major implications for the education of such kids. When a parent of an autistic child feels a school is leaving important things out of the educational services and plans for their child, they can go to skilled education lawyers for guidance on their response options.

Source: Disability Scoop, “Federal Panel Wants Autism Funding Doubled,” Michelle Diament, Aug. 1, 2017

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