Menendez, Sweeney Recognize National Autism Awareness Month

April 18, 2017 

In recognition of Autism Awareness Month, Autism New Jersey had the opportunity to partner with our legislative champions to highlight and visit exemplary programs and discuss the needs of the community. Last week, our Public Policy team met with New Jersey Senate President Steve Sweeney at the new Rutgers Center for Adult Autism Services and Senator Robert Menendez at a special round table discussion at his Newark Offices.

Senate President Steve Sweeney and ANJ tour Rutgers Adult Program

On April 14, Autism New Jersey Executive Director, Dr. Suzanne Buchanan and Public Policy Director Eric Eberman joined Senate President Steve Sweeney as he toured the Rutgers Center for Adult Autism Services with the program’s Executive Director Christopher Manente. “Families have difficulties finding and maintaining high-quality services for adults with autism across the spectrum,” noted Dr. Buchanan. With the effective leadership of the Senate President and the entire Legislature, we can advance the availability and quality of adult employment, day, and residential programs across the state. The Rutgers Center for Adult Autism Services is a unique and innovative example of the kinds of services adults with autism need and deserve.” Read more about their visit>>

Senator Menendez holds autism round tableOn April 12, Autism New Jersey’s Director of Public Policy, Eric Eberman, was proud to participate in a round table discussion with Senator Robert Menendez on a variety of topics including Medicaid, the Autism CARES Act, long term funding, evidence-based services and residential options. “As the federal landscape changes, Autism New Jersey is grateful to have such a long-time and effective leader in Senator Menendez and looks forward to our continued collaboration and advocacy on behalf of children and adults with autism here in New Jersey and across the country,” he noted. Read more>> 

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