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To Petition the Government for a Redress of Grievances 

To Petition the Government for a Redress of Grievances

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To Petition the Government for a Redress of Grievances
Author(s):

Craig Snyder

and Peter Bell

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780195371826.003.0090
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date: 26 June 2017

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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