The Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC) and its Services Subcommittee are requesting public comments on autism research, services, and related issues. These suggestions will be considered in setting the federal government's priorities for autism funding. This is a good opportunity for self-advocates to be heard:
On behalf of the IACC, the National Institute of Mental Health has issued two Requests for Information (RFI):
Response Due 9/30/08: IACC Draft Strategic Plan for ASD Research is Available for Comment. The purpose of this time-sensitive RFI is to seek comments on the draft Strategic Plan from ASD stakeholders such as individuals with ASD and their families, autism advocates, scientists, health professionals, therapists, educators, officials of state and local programs for ASD, and the public at large. Please see the official RFI notice NOT-MH-08-021 at http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-MH-08-021.html for more information and instructions for responding by the deadline of September 30, 2008. Responses should be directed to email@example.com. Please note: The draft Strategic Plan does not include cost estimates for implementation. However, the IACC has formed a workgroup to advise the IACC about the budgetary requirements needed to fulfill the research objectives described in the draft Strategic Plan. The IACC will review the workgroup recommendations at its next meeting on November 21, 2008.
Response Due 9/19/08: Priorities for the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee Services Subcommittee for Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) The IACC is interested in receiving your input and ideas about high-priority questions and issues surrounding services and supports to people with ASD of all ages, and specific research initiatives on ASD services and supports. Please see the official RFI notice NOT-MH-08-016 at http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-MH-08-016.html for more information and instructions for responding by the deadline of September 19, 2008. Responses should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information about the IACC, please see http://www.nimh.nih.gov/research-funding/scientific-meetings/recurring-meetings/iacc/index.shtml