Senate passes Autism Care Act

Published 5:35 pm Monday, September 30, 2019

By Jamey Helgeson

LIFE of Mower County

On Sept. 19, the Senate passed the House version of the Autism Collaboration, Accountability, Research, Education, and Support (CARES) Act of 2019 (H.R.1058) by unanimous consent.

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LIFE Mower County strongly supports this bill to reauthorize the Autism CARES Act, which funds critical autism research, surveillance, and education programs at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), respectively.

This reauthorization includes a greater focus on the needs of people with autism and other developmental disabilities across the lifespan. Additionally, it increases the minimum number of self-advocates on the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC).

Employment opportunies available

We are looking for well-rounded individuals to help us carry out our daily programming needs. LIFE Mower County staff must be willing and ready to guide participants on day-trips, lead art and craft projects, instruct various classes, and coach our Special Olympics teams. This is a part time position.

All applicants must have night and weekend availability.  Candidates should have a genuine interest and enthusiasm in providing recreation opportunities for people with varying ability levels.

We’re looking for someone who is highly motivated with great organizational and communication skills. Experience in working with people with disabilities is preferred.  Learn more at

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