Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC) - the Federal advisory committee mandated by The Combating Autism Act (CAA) of 2006 (P.L. 109-416 – ) to coordinate research activities within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services - and the Office of Autism Research Coordination (OARC) released the
2010 IACC Strategic Plan for Autism Spectrum Disorder Research.
This report describes the history of the IACC and Plan, the process by which the IACC develops the Plan, revisions, new areas of research emphasis - for example, increased emphasis on adults and non-verbal persons with ASDs - and then in each section elaborates the itemized questions in the broad categories, discussing what is known, what needs remain, proposed research opportunities to address these questions (short-term and long-term objectives), and a recommended budget. The 2010 Plan adds 32 brand-new objectives and describes a budget of about 965 million dollars distributed over 2 to 5 years.
1. When Should I Be Concerned?
2. How Can I Understand What Is Happening?
3. What Caused This To Happen And Can This Be Prevented?
4. Which Treatments And Interventions Will Help?
5. Where Can I Turn For Services?
6. What Does The Future Hold?
7. What other Infrastructure and Surveillance Needs Must be Met?
This second edition of the Strategic Plan was expanded by the IACC over the past year with extensive input from families, people with ASD, researchers, clinicians, federal and private funders of ASD research and autism advocacy organizations - through participation in meetings held by the IACC (in-person, webcast and phone conference options available), email communication to the IACC, and by responding to the annual Request for Information.
Participation in a meeting automatically adds the attendee to an email list to receive further notices from the IACC on meetings, RFIs, reports and other activities.
There is also an IACC Twitter group where committee meeting schedules and notices are shared.
For Further Reading and Reference
These references can also be found on the IACC website.
IACC News Update: Release of the 2010 Strategic Plan
Wednesday, February 3, 2010
The 2010 Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee Strategic Plan for Autism Spectrum Disorder Research - January 19, 2010
Soon to be posted 2010 Strategic Plan Budget
Responses to the 2009 IACC Request for Information (RFI)
© 2010 Regina G. Claypool-Frey
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