Here is a plea from the Arc of the US, the country’s largest advocacy organization for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, including autism spectrum. Apparently the Budget Control Act (BCA) passed by Congress last year will cut any non-defense programs (this is discretionary) by 6% over the decade, and an 8% in addition as part of an across-the-board cut. These are unprecedented cuts! Please contact your Congressmen — it’s easy if you click this button and enter your zipcode!
Examples of individual programs that could be cut are:
- IDEA State Grant that assists the states in meeting the costs of providing special education and related services to children with disabilities.
- DD Act Projects of National Significance (PNS) that enhance the independence, productivity, inclusion, and integration of people with developmental disabilities.
- CDC National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities that sponsors research and interventions to help children with disabilities to develop and reach their full potential, and promotes health and well-being among people of all ages with disabilities.
- Section 811 Supportive Housing for People with Disabilities that creates affordable, accessible housing for low-income non-elderly people with the most serious disabilities to help them live independently in the community.