There is $211 million allotted for autism research, screening, public awareness and support services within President Barack Obama’s budget proposal, according to an outline released Thursday.

The money is part of the president’s funding proposal for the Department of Health and Human Services.

Since taking office earlier this year, disabilities have figured prominently in the president’s agenda. A written agenda released in January, included a four-point plan to deal with the growth in autism diagnoses.

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