Autism research will get a funding boost if U.S. President Barack Obama has his way. In his budget overview released yesterday, Obama requested $211 million as part of the Department of Health and Human Services budget for the disease
The money would go toward research into causes and new treatments, as well as additional screening, support services, and efforts to raise public awareness. Thanks in part to pressure from Congress, funding for autism work has risen from about $101 million in 2006 to $132 million in 2007 even in a time of tight National Institutes of Health budgets.
The president’s 2010 budget proposal urges boosting it further and more quickly than planned—an earlier goal was to hit $210 million in 2011.