Today’s the deadline: share your ideas with autism committee

In December, Patricia Wright wrote about Dr. Stephen Shore’s appointment to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee.

I had the pleasure of meeting Shore at our 2007 Easter Seals Training Conference in April. Shore is a well-known public speaker, and at the conference he provided a personal perspective on the experience of living with autism. His presentation was truly one of the highlights of the conference. There were over 400 people in attendance that day and they walked away with a much better understanding of autism… Shore’s appointment gives the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee the “personal touch” it needs.

The Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee is developing a strategic plan for research on autism and it wants your suggestions.

We are interested in receiving your input and ideas about what are high-priority questions and issues for advancing research on ASD. We ask for your constructive and specific suggestions…

It’s important to note that when the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee talks about “research” it is not limiting itself to scientific studies on genetics, the environment, neuroscience, and so on. In fact, delivery of services tops their list of issues:

What topics or issues need to be addressed to advance research on the:

  1. Treatment of ASD?
  2. Diagnosis of ASD?…

The list of autism questions goes on from there.

To leave suggestions in response to the Request for Information, email no later than today.

Tell them you are responding to their Request for Information (RFI): Research Priorities for the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee Strategic Plan for Autism Spectrum Disorders.


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