Media Coverage of Congressional Autism Hearing

Thursday, November 29, 2 p.m.
Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2154

The "1 in 88 Children: A Look Into the Federal Response to the Rising Rates of Autism" hearings are quickly approaching.

More support is needed to make these hearings have a greater impact. Major television network coverage is needed. We have decided to specifically ask CBS News to cover these hearings. Please email and call the CBS Evening News today and tomorrow. The more pressure we put on CBS, the more likely we can get their cameras to the hearing.

CBS Evening News
Phone: 212 975-3247
evening@cbsnews.com

Please keep the pressure up.

Here is how you can help:

1. If at all possible, please plan to attend this hearing. Bring your children. We have heard that overflow seating may be acquired for kids on the spectrum who need a more sensory-friendly room. If you plan to attend, please let us know.

2. If you cannot attend, you deserve to be counted! SafeMinds has created a simple way for you to be heard. Provide your name, where you live, and why you can’t go. This information from parents will become part of the public record.

3. Contact your Congressman right now. If yours is on the committee list, make sure you contact their office and ask that they attend. You can also contact other representatives outside this committee. Ask them to attend the hearing and stay for the entire meeting. If they cannot, ask them to send staff.  If you are going to Washington, ask for an office meeting, before or after the hearing, to talk about your family’s needs and concerns. Remember this is the first time in 10 years that Congress has provided oversight of autism activities. Encourage them to get involved in the House Autism Caucus long term.

4. Ask your Representative to make this the first of numerous hearings investigating autism and affiliated issues. We don’t just want attention, we want solutions! This is especially critical if your Representative is on the committee. We need new champions to carry on after Congressman Burton retires. 

5. Individuals and organizations can submit written testimony to be included in the public record for this hearing. Write a statement on your family’s behalf. If you are a member of a local autism organization, encourage them to participate by submitting a written statement. To submit testimony, you may fax directly to the Committee at (202) 225-3974, or e-mail it to Beth Clay at SafeMinds. She will ensure delivery to the Committee.

6. Ask C-Span to televise the hearing. Call 202-737-3220 and politely ask that they televise the hearing on C-Span 3, which covers hearings. Tell them this is an important issue that deserves more attention and why it affects you personally.  

7. Thank Congressman Burton for his advocacy over the years and for pushing for this hearing to happen by sending him an e-mail or calling his office at 202-225-2276. You may also fax him at his Indiana Office at (317) 846-7306 or his DC office at Fax: (202) 225-0016

EBCALA appreciates your assistance on this effort. Look for more information as it becomes available.