23 Jun Federal Panel Seeks Input On AutismJune 23, 2016
By: Michelle Diament
A federal autism advisory panel is looking for public feedback as it prepares to update the government’s priorities for addressing the developmental disorder for the first time in years.
The Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee is soliciting comments as the group looks to revise its strategic plan.
The panel comprised of government officials and members of the autism community is charged with creating and annually updating the federal government’s priorities for autism research, services and policy.
In a notice published this month in the Federal Register, the IACC said it’s looking for comments from people with autism, family members, service providers, advocates and other interested parties as it gears up for its 2016 update.
Comments should be related to the seven key topics that the panel traditionally addresses — screening and diagnosis, underlying biology of autism, risk factors, treatments and interventions, services, lifespan issues and surveillance and infrastructure — according to the notice.
Originally authorized by the Combating Autism Act of 2006, the IACC has been slow to reboot since it was reauthorized under the Autism CARES Act of 2014. Accordingly, the last update to the panel’s strategic plan came in 2013.
The IACC is accepting comments through July 29.