1965 -- A group of concerned parents, frustrated by a lack of programs and support from their local school districts, met to discuss ways to support their children and each other. That first parent support group was known as the Council of Schools for the Emotionally Disturbed (COSED).
1967 -- COSED is officially incorporated.
1974 -- As its scope broadened and the definition of autism became more uniform, the agency decided to focus its energy upon autism, and changed its name to the Council of Schools and Agencies for Autistic Children (COSAC). More support groups were formed, and the organization began to bring together service providers around legislative and government issues.
1991 -- The organization underwent a name and concept change again, when it became the Center for Outreach and Services for the Autism Community (COSAC), as it was known until 2009.
2008 -- The agency initiated a comprehensive rebranding effort in mid-2008 to improve its public perception and better represent its services and capabilities.
2009 -- The organization changed its name to Autism New Jersey, reaffirming its devotion to creating a compassionate society for individuals affected by autism, their families and all who support them.