When Congress approved a five-year $945m budget for research into autism, NBC's Nancy Snyderman credited her boss, CEO Bob Wright of NBC Universal, with the lobbying clout. Wright founded the advocacy group Autism Speaks while opponents believed "the government should not focus funding on a specific disease." ABC also mentioned the spending bill, but assigned John Donvan to cover the human side of the illness: autistics face an "aging out" crisis when they become adults and lose the support systems that public schools provide.
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