The Congressional Autism Caucus (PDF Avail) | April 16, 2018

The Congressional Autism Caucus


Representatives Mike Doyle (PA) and Chris Smith (NJ) founded and Co- Chair the Coalition for Autism Research and Education (“CARE” or “Autism Caucus”), the first-ever Congressional Membership Organization dedicated to autism advocacy on Capitol Hill.


The goals of the bipartisan Coalition for Autism Research and Education include, but are not limited to:
• Increasing general awareness of autism and autism spectrum disorders among Members of Congress and policy analysts in federal government;
• Educating Members of Congress on current and future research initiatives regarding autism;
• Serving as a forum where autism-related policy issues can be exchanged, debated, and discussed;
• Bringing together public, private, and government entities to pursue legislative initiatives that will help facilitate advanced treatments—and ultimately a cure—for autism spectrum disorders.
• Promoting all means to ease the burdens of families and loved ones affected by autism

The bipartisan Autism Caucus has 118 Representatives and Senators from around the country. See the full membership list at

When Talking with Members or staff:

• If a Representative or Senator is a member of the Autism Caucus, be sure to thank them!
• If a Representative or Senator is not a member of the Autism Caucus, invite them to find out more! There’s no cost to join, and membership is bipartisan and bicameral.

This page was prepared by the Association of University Centers on Disabilities. For more information, visit or contact AUCD’s Policy Director Rylin Rodgers at

• Aderholt, Robert (AL)
• Bass, Karen (CA)
• Beyer, Don (VA)
• Brownley, Julia (CA)
• Blumenauer, Earl (OR)
• Bonamici, Suzanne (OR)
• Bordallo, Madeline (GU)
• Boyle, Brendan (PA)
• Brady, Robert (PA)
• Burgess, Michael (TX)
• Calvert, Ken (CA)
• Capuano, Michael (MA)
• Carson, Andre (IN)
• Carter, Buddy (GA)
• Cartwright, Matt (PA)
• Chabot, Steve (OH)
• Chaffetz, Jason (UT)
• Chu, Judy (CA)
• Clark, Katherine (MA)
• Coffman, Mike (CO)
• Cohen, Steve (TN)
• Connolly, Gerald (VA)
• Costello, Ryan (PA)
• Crowley, Joe (NY)
• Davis, Susan (CA)
• DeFazio, Peter (OR)
• Deutch, Ted (FL)
• Doggett, Lloyd (TX)
• Doyle, Mike (Co-Chairman)
• Duncan, John (TN)
• Engel, Eliot (NY)
• Eshoo, Anna (CA)
• Fortenberry, Jeff (NE)
• Gallego, Ruben (AZ)
• Goodlatte, Bob (VA)
• Granger, Kay (TX)
• Green, Gene (TX)
• Harris, Andy (MD)
• Hastings, Alcee (FL) • Himes, James (CT)
• Huffman, Jared (CA) • Issa, Darrell (CA)
• Johnson, Eddie Bernice (TX) • Johnson, Hank (GA)
• Jones, Walter (NC)
• Joyce, David (OH)
• Price, David (NC)
• Rice, Kathleen (NY)
• Rogers, Mike (AL)
• Roskam, Peter (IL)
• Ros-Lehtinen, Illena (FL)
• Rouzer, David (NC)
• Ryan, Tim (OH)
• Gregorio Sablan (NMI)
• Sanchez, Linda (CA)
• Schiff, Adam (CA)
• Sessions, Pete (TX)
• Sherman, Brad (CA)
• Smith, Chris (Co-Chairman)
• Kaptur, Marcy (OH)
• Keating, William (MA)
• Kelly, Mike (PA)
• Kind, Ron (WI)
• King, Peter (NY)
• Kuster, Ann McLane (NH) (NJ)
• Langevin, Jim (RI) • Larsen, Rick (WA) • Larson, John (CT) • Levin, Sander (MI) • Lewis, Jason (MN) • Lieu, Ted (CA)
• LoBiondo, Frank (NJ)
• Lofgren, Zoe (CA)
• Lowey, Nita (NY)
• Lynch, Steven (MA)
• Maloney, Carolyn (NY)
• Maloney, Sean Patrick (NY) • Matsui, Doris (CA)
• McGovern, Jim (MA)
• McKinley, David (WV) • Meehan, Pat (PA)
• Meeks, Gregory (NY)
• Messer, Luke (IN)
• Nadler, Jerold (NY)
• Napolitano, Grace (CA)

• Neal, Richard (MA)
• Nolan, Rick (MN)
• Pallone, Frank (NJ)
• Pascrell, Bill (NJ)
• Paulsen, Erik (MN)
• Peterson, Collin (MN) • Posey, Bill (FL)
• Thompson, Bennie (MS) • Tibieri, Pat (OH)
• Upton, Fred (MI)
• Visclosky, Peter J. (IN) • Walorski, Jackie (IN)
• Walz, Tim (MN)
• Waters, Maxine (CA)
• Wilson, Joe (SC)
• Yarmuth, John (KY)
• Yoder, Kevin (KS)
• Zeldin, Lee (NY)
• Sen Tammy Baldwin (WI)
• Sen John Boozman (AR)
• Sen Sherrod Brown (OH)
• Sen Maria Cantwell (WA)
• Sen Robert P. Casey, Jr. (PA) • Sen Joe Donnelly (IN)
• Sen Richard Durbin (IL)
• Sen Diane Feinstein (CA)
• Sen Johnny Isakson (GA)
• Sen Ed Markey (MA)
• Sen Robert Menendez (NJ) • Sen Bernie Sanders (VT)
• Sen Charles Schumer (NY) • Sen Thom Tillis (NC)
• Sen Chris Van Hollen (MD) • Sen Roger Wicker (MS)
Members (As of 04/16/18. Current list:


Autistic people have fought the inclusion of ABA in therapy for us since before Autism Speaks, and other non-Autistic-led autism organizations, started lobbying legislation to get it covered by insurances and Medicaid. 

ABA is a myth originally sold to parents that it would keep their Autistic child out of an institution. Today, parents are told that with early intervention therapy their child will either be less Autistic or no longer Autistic by elementary school, and can be mainstreamed in typical education classes. ABA is very expensive to pay out of pocket. Essentially, Autism Speaks has justified the big price tag up front will offset the overall burden on resources for an Autistic’s lifetime. The recommendation for this therapy is 40 hours a week for children and toddlers.

The original study that showed the success rate of ABA to be at 50% has never been replicated. In fact, the study of ABA by United States Department of Defense was denounced as a failure. Not just once, but multiple times. Simply stated: ABA doesn’t workIn study after repeated study: ABA (conversion therapy) doesn’t work. 

What more recent studies do show: Autistics who experienced ABA therapy are at high risk to develop PTSD and other lifelong trauma-related conditions. Historically, the autism organizations promoting ABA as a cure or solution have silenced Autistic advocates’ opposition. ABA is also known as gay conversion therapy.

The ‘cure’ for Autistics not born yet is the prevention of birth. 

The ‘cure’ is a choice to terminate a pregnancy based on ‘autism risk.’ The cure is abortion. This is the same ‘cure’ society has for Down Syndrome. 

This is eugenics 2021. Instead of killing Autistics and disabled children in gas chambers or ‘mercy killings’ like in Aktion T4, it’ll happen at the doctor’s office, quietly, one Autistic baby at a time. Different approaches yes, but still eugenics and the extinction of an entire minority group of people.

Fact: You can’t cure Autistics from being Autistic.

Fact: You can’t recover an Autistic from being Autistic.

Fact: You can groom an Autistic to mask and hide their traits. Somewhat. … however, this comes at the expense of the Autistic child, promotes Autistic Burnout (this should not be confused with typical burnout, Autistic Burnout can kill Autistics), and places the Autistic child at high risk for PTSD and other lifelong trauma-related conditions.

[Note: Autism is NOT a disease, but a neurodevelopmental difference and disability.]

Fact: Vaccines Do Not Cause Autism.

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