American Association of University Affiliated Programs for Persons with
Developmental Disabilities (AAUAP)
Applauds House Passage of the Children's Health Act of 2000

September 2000

The AAUAP applauds the House passage of the Children's Health Act of 2000. We thank Representatives Tom Bliley (R-VA)and John Dingell (D-MI) for their leadership and vision on behalf of children's health and recognition of the critical need for this legislation. We would also like to acknowledge the many other Representatives who were instrumental in the drafting and passage of this bill. This bill addresses many important health needs for children, including children with developmental disabilities and we are proud to have worked toward its completion in the 106th Congress.

AAUAP is particularly pleased that this bill contains a large array of provisions important to children and families with developmental disabilities including a Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), grant opportunities to improve childcare safety and health, newborn hearing screening provisions, and opportunities for research and prevention activities for Traumatic Brain Injury. And, we are particularly pleased with the research opportunities included in the areas of autism and fragile X.

The AAUAP is a national network of programs representing individuals and families with developmental disabilities. Together, the UAPs are working to accomplish a shared vision that foresees a nation in which all Americans, including Americans with disabilities, participate fully in their communities. Independence, productivity, and community inclusion are key components of this vision.

Again, we applaud your leadership in passing this bill.

Developmental Disabilities Research Centers Association (DDRCA)
Applauds House Passage of the Children's Health Act of 2000

September 2000

The DDRCA applauds the House passage of the Children's Health Act of 2000. We thank Representatives Tom Bliley (R-VA) and John Dingell (D-MI) for their leadership and vision on behalf of children's health and recognition of the critical need for this legislation. We would also like to acknowledge the many other Representatives who were instrumental in the drafting and passage of this bill. This bill addresses many important health needs for children, including children with developmental disabilities and we are proud to have worked toward its completion in the 106th Congress.

The DDRCA is particularly pleased that this bill contains a large array of provisions important to children and families with developmental disabilities including a Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), grant opportunities to improve childcare safety and health, newborn hearing screening provisions, and opportunities for research and prevention activities for Traumatic Brain Injury. Most importantly, as an Association which represents some of the nation's leading researchers in the areas of autism, fragile X, epilepsy, and other related genetic conditions, we are particularly pleased with the research opportunities included in the areas of autism and fragile X.

The DDRCA is a national network of research centers primarily funded through the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) representing our nation's first sustained effort to prevent and treat disabilities through biomedical and behavioral research. Together, this network of 20 centers is the nation's largest concentration of scientific expertise in the fields of intellectual and developmental disabilities fostering communication, innovation, and excellence in research.

Again, we applaud your leadership in passing this bill.