Public Policy

Grant a Gift Autism Foundation keeps you up to date on the latest Federal and Nevada policies that impact the autism community.

Federal Policies

ABLE Act Savings Account
Congress has passed and President Obama has signed the ABLE Act allowing the creation of tax-free savings accounts to pay for disability expenses! Now you or your loved one with autism will be able to save tax-free to pay for your disability-related housing, education, medical, transportation and other expenses. But first, your state needs to add ABLE accounts to its Section 529 program. Now limited to college savings accounts, these state programs now need to be expanded to include the new ABLE accounts. Urge your Governor to make ABLE accounts a priority in your state! Contact Governor Sandoval at http://gov.nv.gov/.


Autism Cares Act
The federal funding law for autism, originally the Combating Autism Act enacted in 2006 and reauthorized in 2011, was renewed in 2014 for another five years as the Autism CARES Act. The original law was signed by President George W. Bush and the 2011 and 2014 bills were signed by President Obama. Total funding under the act should exceed $3 billion by 2019 for autism research, services, training and monitoring by the National Institutes of Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Health Resources and Services Administration, and AUCD (Association of University Centers for Excellence on Disabilities) More information on Federal Policy updates, UCED Centers, LEND Programs and more: http://nationalautismnetwork.com/legislation/federal-initiatives/affordable-care-act-and-autism

Special Needs Savings Account for Nevada
https://www.enablesavings.com/

AUCD
http://www.aucd.org/template/index.cfm

Autism Votes
https://www.autismspeaks.org/wordpress-tags/autism-votes

For more information and how you can make a difference contact us at advocate@grantagiftautismfoundation.org