Autism New Jersey Talks Key Issues with Acting Education Commissioner
May 15, 2018
On May 8th, Autism New Jersey’s Executive Director, Dr. Suzanne Buchanan, and Public Policy Director, Eric Eberman, met with the Acting Commissioner of the Department of Education, Dr. Lamont Repollet, to discuss the educational needs of students with autism throughout the state and the Department’s special education initiatives.
Dr. Buchanan raised a number of critical issues such as the special education ombudsman, autism specialist position, guidance on the new law that provides safeguards for the use of restraint and seclusion in schools, professional development for teachers, and approved private schools. Acting Commissioner Repellot was sensitive to our concerns, stated his commitment to exploring the issues further, and emphasized his support for the full range of educational placements needed by students with autism.
As the former superintendent of the Asbury Park School District, Acting Commissioner Repollet has an intimate understanding of the challenges faced by public and private schools and, more importantly, students with autism. Autism New Jersey looks forward to a continued dialogue with the Acting Commissioner and the Department to continue to improve educational opportunities for students with autism.