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12/17/2010--Introduced. Combating Autism Reauthorization Act of 2010 - Amends the Public Health Service Act to establish the National Institute of Autism Spectrum Disorders for 10 years to conduct and support research, training, the dissemination of health information, and other programs with respect to autism spectrum disorders. Sets forth the duties of the Director of the Institute, which include making recommendations regarding the consolidation of programs of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Transfers NIH activities on autism spectrum disorders to the Institute. Expands such activities to include translational research. Authorizes the Director of NIH to transfer personnel, permit use of facilities, and obtain administrative support for the Institute. Extends grants and programs for autism spectrum disorders and developmental disabilities. Extends and revises provisions related to the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee. Requires the Comptroller General to study federal progress on autism spectrum disorders and autism services, interventions, and treatments. Requires the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) to establish grant programs related to autism spectrum disorders, including to: (1) provide services to children, transitioning youth, and adults with autism spectrum disorders; (2) carry out multimedia campaigns; and (3) establish and maintain a national technical assistance center. Amends the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act of 2000 to require the Secretary to make grants to enable protection and advocacy systems to address the needs of individuals with autism spectrum disorders.