ATLANTA (June 24, 2014) – As one of the largest autism centers in the United States and one of only three National Institutes of Health Autism Centers of Excellence, Marcus Autism Center is very pleased that today the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Autism Collaboration, Accountability Research, Education and Support (CARES) Act. This legislation will permit the federal government to continue investing in treatment of children with autism and cutting edge research.
“After discussions with key members of Congress, we believe this legislation will facilitate greater emphasis on early diagnosis and intervention,” said Marcus Autism Center Executive Director Don Mueller. “A recent study by our colleagues, Dr. Ami Klin and Dr. Warren Jones, published in Nature, demonstrated that researchers have detected signs of autism present in the first 2-6 months of life. This research opens a window for even earlier diagnosis and intervention in the future. By diagnosing and intervening earlier, we can dramatically improve the quality of life for children with autism, permit them to have more fulfilling and productive lives, and can substantially lower the costs associated with their education and health care.”
If enacted by Congress, the Autism CARES Act will help federal and state governments develop and implement new evidence-based strategies that will help maximize the potential of children and adults with autism today and transform the nature of autism for future generations.
Marcus Autism Center
Marcus Autism Center is a not-for-profit organization and an affiliate of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta that treats more than 5,700 children with autism and related disorders a year. As one of the largest autism centers in the U.S. and one of only three National Institutes of Health Autism Centers of Excellence, Marcus Autism Center offers families access to the latest research, comprehensive evaluations and intensive behavior treatments. With the help of research grants, community support and government funding, Marcus Autism Center aims to maximize the potential of children with autism today and transform the very nature of autism for future generations. Visit marcus.org for more information.
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Sean Ahlberg’s aggressive behavior was keeping him from enjoying time with his family and getting out into the world. Since beginning his treatment at Marcus, Sean's behavior has changed and he has even become verbal with help from the Language and Learning Clinic.
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