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Through our clinical expertise, awareness, education, and public policy initiatives, Autism New Jersey leads the way to lifelong individualized services provided with skill and compassion. We recognize the autism community’s many contributions to society and work to enhance their resilience, abilities, and quality of life.

Think of us as a partner with connections to local and state resources to meet your unique circumstances.

The following list summarizes our efforts. Clicking on the links below will take you to additional information about these services:

information services

New Jersey’s most valued and reliable resource connecting you to referrals, services and the latest information about autism. Learn more>>


Autism New Jersey strives to build acceptance and enhance public awareness and understanding.

the power of connection

Membership dollars enable us to continue providing free information and advocacy, as well as our public policy work on behalf of New Jersey's autism community.

education & training

Autism New Jersey provides education, training, and support to parents and professionals.

public policy leadership

Autism New Jersey serves as a strong and consistent voice in Trenton, working to develop and advance public policy initiatives>>

support us

We remain dedicated to serving the needs of New Jersey's autism community. Our services and outreach activities are only possible with the support of our members and generous donors.


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.

2015 -- Autism New Jersey's 50th Anniversary>>