Friday, January 17, 2014

GRANGER, IN – Congresswoman Jackie Walorski today visited the LOGAN Autism Learning Center in Granger, joined by LOGAN Center executives, staff, and Gene Bensinger from Autism Speaks, to tour the facility and highlight the importance of the Gabriella Miller Kid’s First Research Act, H.R. 2019.

“The House passed a generous amount of funding to support pediatric research and help Hoosier families,” said Walorski. “The Autism Learning Center is just one of many facilities providing superior health care and resources for those in need and this funding could directly benefit their mission.”

Last December, the House passed Kid’s First Research Act by a bipartisan vote of 295-103 to direct $126 million in federal funding to pediatric medical research. The bill has been referred to the Senate but has not been introduced or scheduled for a vote.

“At our Autism Learning Center, we see firsthand the incredible progress these children can make, given individualized attention with the right mix of structure and support. With a unified focus on Autism, research and resources can join together so that families have the best of both – the latest information and increased options for quality outcomes,” said Dan Ryan, Director Sonya Ansari Center for Autism at LOGAN.

The Autism Learning Center in Granger is one of two area locations that offer programs for children, teens, parents, families, and professionals ranging from Applied Behavior Analysis to family support groups. Congresswoman Walorski toured the facility to learn more about daily operations and discuss the importance of pediatric medical research with health care staff and visiting families.

“Autism Speaks appreciates the opportunity to participate in today’s event at the Sonya Ansari Autism Learning Center in Granger, Indiana so we can personally recognize and thank key elected officials like Congresswoman Jackie Walorski (IN-2) for their leadership and support on critical autism related policy issues”, said Gene Bensinger, Autism Speaks Chicagoland Chapter Board Member and Chair, Programs and Services Committee.

Autism Speaks supports the Kid’s First Research Act, in addition to several other children’s advocacy associations including the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, and the Children’s Hospital Association.

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