These special children and their parents and families need our help. The following are just a few of the many programs that we are advocating for and supporting. With your continued help, we can make sure no child with a disability is ever treated unfairly.
To say that parents of children with disabilities have learned to multitask is an understatement. Providing for the many personal and care needs of your child on a daily basis can be overwhelming, but advocating for your child is a true act of love that makes the effort well worthwhile.
Caring for your child with special needs often involves more than the daily activities of providing food and shelter. Sometimes you must aggressively advocate with legislators and others in positions of authority to do the right thing for your child and others, an activity that may take you out of your comfort zone. If you are able to be an advocate your advocacy could make a real difference statewide or nationally for your loved one and others.
We work to advocate for legislation to prevent and respond to incidents of bullying and harassment. We also have supported bills to establish an anti-bullying roundtable to study bullying in elementary and secondary schools in the United States. The roundtable must submit a report about best practices concerning bullying, including recommendations for: (1) combating bullying, (2) educating school officials to recognize bullying, and (3) helping parents to address the early warning signs of bullying with their children.
We are working to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide a credit to individuals for legal expenses paid with respect to establishing guardianship of a family member with disabilities.
The Disability Employment Incentives Act (DEIA) will encourage employers to hire and retain people with autism and other disabilities by increasing the impact of three existing tax credits currently available to employers.
A bill to amend the Public Health Service Act to enhance activities of the National Institutes of Health with respect to research on autism spectrum disorder and enhance programs relating to autism, and for other purposes. The measure, H.R. 1058 would ensure continued federal support for everything from autism research to prevalence tracking, screening, professional training and other initiatives.