If you haven’t taken the chance to email the IACC with feedback on where you think autism research and policy should be going, take the time now. You can do so by emailing IACCPublicInquiries@mail.nih.gov
Today and tomorrow were supposed to include the IACC 2012 Strategic Planning Workshop . The IACC being the U.S. Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee. One of the main products of the IACC is the Strategic Plan. Per public law 109-416 (which re-instituted the IACC back in 2006):
(b) RESPONSIBILITIES.—In carrying out its duties under this section, the Committee shall—
(1) develop and annually update a summary of advances in autism spectrum disorder research related to causes, prevention, treatment, early screening, diagnosis or rule out, intervention, and access to services and supports for individuals with autism spectrum disorder;
(2) monitor Federal activities with respect to autism spectrum disorder;
(3) make recommendations to the Secretary regarding anyappropriate changes to such activities, including recommendations to the Director of NIH with respect to the strategic plan developed under paragraph (5);
(4) make recommendations to the Secretary regarding public participation in decisions relating to autism spectrum disorder;
(5) develop and annually update a strategic plan for the conduct of, and support for, autism spectrum disorder research, including proposed budgetary requirements; and
(6) submit to the Congress such strategic plan and any updates to such plan.
You can read more about the Strategic Plan, at least how it looked in 2011 , to help formulate ideas on what you think is working and what isn’t. But I would suggest don’t feel constrained to work into the Strategic Plan format. If there are areas you feel need more attention, let people know.
By Matt Carey
Note: I serve as a public member to the IACC but comments here and elsewhere are my own.