FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 1, 2010
Contact: HHS Press Office
Statement By Secretary Sebelius on National Autism Awareness Month
During National Autism Awareness Month, we reflect on an urgent public health challenge and rededicate ourselves to addressing the complex needs of people with autism and their families. Over the last decade, we've learned that autism is far more prevalent than we had previously believed, affecting one out of every 110 American children. While we still have a lot to learn about what causes autism and which treatments can help people with autism thrive, we're getting closer to finding answers thanks to a historic new investment in autism research. At the same time, we continue to improve lives by educating health care professionals about how to detect the disorder early, funding networks of providers and parents that spread information about the most promising autism treatments, and helping autistic children get the support they need in school. We took another step forward last month when President Obama signed a health reform bill that will make it illegal for insurance companies to deny health insurance to people because they have autism.
This month, we recognize the significant challenges that Americans with autism face and rededicate ourselves to these efforts to address them.
For more information on the Department’s efforts regarding autism, please visit http://www.hhs.gov/autism/
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Last revised: May 7, 2011