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Autism help

Published: Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014 5:30 a.m. CDT

To the Editor:

During my first-ever visit to Capitol Hill, I was empowered by talking with members of Congress.

The reason for the visit was to join others in telling Congress that families affected by autism need an immediate plan of action from the federal and state governments on autism. This has been true for many years in Illinois, which ranks near the bottom of the nation in providing education and services for people with autism and other developmental disabilities.

With that in mind, Autism Speaks is looking for advocates in federal congressional districts to, at first, call on congressmen and congresswomen to advocate for federal legislation that is important to families with children and adults on the autism spectrum and Autism Speaks, then, eventually, to call on state legislators to promote and advocate state-based initiatives in the future.

District advocates also would be in charge of grassroots development of improving autism awareness and support to help improve education and services for people with autism, by their efforts in getting involved in city and suburban communities.

We are looking for autism advocates to be part of our Autism Congress for the 14th Congressional District.

If you are interested, have experience working in your community, have talked with your legislative representatives in the past or want to in the future and have a connection with autism, please email me at to show your interest.

Mike Baker


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