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Some good news for The Autism Program

Tyler Wolpert
5/4/2015  3:00 pm

Good news came out last week for thousands of families in the local community and across Illinois. The Autism Program (TAP) of Illinois received notification from the Governor’s office that the Department of Human Services is restoring funding for the fourth quarter of this year.

Approximately $26 million in FY 15 grant cuts for services ranging from autism treatment to burial services for the poor is being restored after a new revenue forecast estimates the state is expected to bring in more money this year than initially anticipated. The move comes after weeks of hearings by lawmakers to put a continued public focus on the proposed cuts made earlier this year.

The restoration of funding would not have been without the dedicated advocacy of countless TAP supporters and the tireless efforts of our elected officials. Every phone call, email, and signature contributed to making a significant difference. 

TAP is still not recommended for funding in the Governor's FY16 Budget, so now the work for fiscal year 2016 funding begins. To see how you can help, please visit