24 Apr 2023

Enhancing Public Health Surveillance of Autism Spectrum Disorder Grant Announcement

On April 24th, Congressman Henry Cuellar announced $2,4000,000 for the Laredo Health Department to enhance surveillance of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) diagnoses in our community.

Laredo Health will become a part of the CDC Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring (ADDM) Network to collect data of incidence in our community and therefore make better-informed decisions on services needed.

The number of people with an autism diagnosis has risen rapidly over the last 30 years. Today, approximately 1 in every 36 children is diagnosed with autism. This grant will support 5 full-time positions that will work with key stakeholder organizations to collect data for 4-, 8-, and 16-year-old children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

I want to thank Mayor Dr. Victor Treviño, Dr. Chamberlain, Mayor Pro Tempore Vanessa Perez, and the rest of the City of Laredo Health Department for their commitment to the fight against autism. As a Co-Chair of the Congressional Autism Caucus and a House Appropriations Committee member, Congressman Cuellar remains committed to increasing funding for autism research and programs that serve those with diagnosed autism.

Laredo EDC President and CEO Gene Lindgen was honored to speak at the podium as a member of the Autism Coalition and as a parent of a child with autism and thanked Congressman Cuellar for his great support and that of the City Government for their leadership to improve the lives of our citizens that have extra challenges in life.