Action Alert: Reminder - Comments Due Today on IACC Strategic Plan for Autism Research
Posted Aug 21 2009 12:00am
Take Action Today: The Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC) is requesting public comment on year two of the strategic plan for autism research and budget. The annually updated plan is the heart of the Combating Autism Act and was designed to improve transparency, accountability, and the expansion of research aimed at finding the cause (so that new cases could be prevented) and effective treatments for autism.
The request for information can be found HERE. The web-based form for comments can be found HERE. The form has space for input on six separate questions. Question 3 relates to cause, and question 4 relates to treatment. The current version of the plan can be found here HERE.
The most important areas for comment on questions 3 and 4 are that these areas are dramatically under-funded, especially on the question of environmental cause. Although there is a strong consensus in the scientific literature that autism is caused by environmental triggers in genetically susceptible individuals, most of the “cause” money is devote to searching for the elusive “autism gene” and not for the environmental triggers that might actually lead to prevention.