U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced in March that she invited 15 individuals to serve as public members of the newly reauthorized Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee. The federal advisory committee coordinates all efforts within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services concerning autism and advises Sebelius on federal activities related to autism.
The committee was reauthorized in September 2011 under the Combating Autism Reauthorization Act of 2011. Individuals invited to join the committee include three self-advocates with autism, several parents of affected children, a practicing developmental pediatrician, several researchers, and leaders of autism services and research organizations. The committee also includes federal agencies involved in autism research and services. The appointments still need to be confirmed. More information and a list of appointees are at iacc.hhs.gov/news/news_updates/2012/news_2012_iacc_new_members.shtml.