Recent, Secretary Kathleen Sebelius of the U.S. Department for Health and Human Services (HHS) announced 15 new members to the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee. The IACC is an advisory committee composed of individuals from federal and the general public and is charged with three major responsibilities. The first is to coordinate all the HHS efforts concerning Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). The second is to develop and update the strategic plan for ASD and the third is to provide advice to the HHS Secretary on ASD. The committee pulls its members from a wide range of federal agencies and public institutions involved in Autism research and services.
IACC meetings are open to the public and include a variety of panel discussions, presentations and discussions on a variety of topics, including activities and projects of the IACC, recent advances in science and policy issues on autism.
To read the bios of those chosen for this committee, please click here.
CEC has called for these types of cross agency and department initiatives for years and applauds the formation of this committee. CEC will closely monitor the IACC’s work and ensure that CEC’s views and member priorities are represented.