Rep. Darrell Issa (D-Calif.),The panel chair, has invited witnesses from the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as well as other advocacy groups.
The CDC reported in March that autism rates are one in 88 children and is rising quickly. Most of the children have been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) by age 8, , a sharp increase from all its previous estimates.
The Oversight Committee’s witness invitations say the Nov. 29 hearing “will address the federal response to the recent rise in ASD diagnoses, as well as the allocation of government resources for ASD. It will also review research and treatment options for those diagnosed with ASDs.”