Eloise Harper reports: Hillary Clinton said she would expand research to help families with autistic children -– by pledging to fund research and education to $700 million a year.
Speaking at the Boys Club in Sioux City, Iowa, Clinton spoke about her commitment to this cause.
According to a statement released by the campaign: "Over the last 15 years, the number of autism diagnoses has skyrocketed, from 1 in 10,000 in 1993 to 1 in 150 in 2007. About 25,000 children are diagnosed with autism each year, and 1.5 million Americans and their families are affected by autism today. Autism affects people from all racial, ethnic and social groups, though it is four times more likely to strike boys than girls. This national health crisis is costing the United States at least $35 billion each year."
Clinton said if elected she would do things including expanding research to identify the causes of autism, improving education and early detection and intervention, and improving training for teachers to instruct children with autism.
Sen. Clinton said about autism, "We don't know how to cure it, and we don't even know the best ways to treat it."