Every year, many laws involving awareness and recognition of people with intellectual disabilities are created, but are never introduced or passed in Congress.
However, you have the ability to change this by appealing to your Representative or Senator. Representatives and Senators are always willing to listen to citizens’ concerns and always encourage feedback on what they could do better. These politicians have the power to introduce important laws in Congress, and all it could take is a letter explaining why a certain cause or bill is important to you.
Below are pending acts of legislation that support people with intellectual disabilities. Please consider sending a letter to your Representative or Senator.
Eunice Kennedy Shriver Act: To reauthorize the Special Olympics Sport and Empowerment Act of 2004, to provide assistance to Best Buddies to support the expansion and development of mentoring programs, and for other purposes. http://www.opencongress.org/bill/111-h5220/show.
Elizabeth A. Connelly Act: To change references in Federal law to mental retardation to references to an intellectual disability, and change references to a mentally retarded individual to references to an individual with an intellectual disability. http://www.opencongress.org/bill/111-h4544/show.
Autism Treatment Acceleration Act of 2009: To provide for enhanced treatment, support, services, and research for individuals with autism spectrum disorders and their families. http://www.opencongress.org/bill/111-s819/show.
Global Autism Assistance Act of 2009: To establish a health and education grant program related to autism spectrum disorders, and for other purposes. http://www.opencongress.org/bill/111-h1878/show.
Helping Housing, Awareness, and Navigation Demonstration Services for Individuals With Autism Spectrum Disorders Act of 2009: A bill to increase housing, awareness, and navigation demonstration services (HANDS) for individuals with autism spectrum disorders. http://www.opencongress.org/bill/111-s706/show.
H.Res.781: Supporting the goals and ideals of Down Syndrome Awareness Month. http://www.opencongress.org/bi ll/111-hr781/show.
To search for more pending bills, go to ope ncongress.org.
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