Why Public Policy Matters

Federal and state laws and regulations determine many components of disability services. These include eligibility criteria, funding, availability and quality of services – the very policies that directly impact the lives of every child and adult with autism.

Advocating for changes to policy is a dynamic and complex process. It requires an insider’s perspective on the state capital. It requires subject-matter expertise and the ability to navigate legislative and regulatory roadblocks. It takes experience and relationships with key decision-makers.

Our extensive public policy work involves a collaborative approach, keen analysis of trends, issues and their impact, and thoughtful strategy. Our aim is to help craft laws, regulations and policy that provide more meaningful outcomes.

For more information about our Public Policy efforts, contact:
Eric Eberman, M.S. Ed., Public Policy Director
609.588.8200 x10034

Our Current Priorities

Through our Helpline 800.4.AUTISM, Autism New Jersey listens to the needs of the autism community. Informed by your calls, we selected the following public policy priorities:

Support our efforts

Autism New Jersey’s Public Policy Department relies 100% on the support of our friends in the community for the financial means to support our advocacy and to implement our agenda. The value of this work is apparent and the benefit to the community is significant.   You can help by becoming a member.


Kevin Brothers

“Autism New Jersey has the connections and expertise to effectively initiate and respond to proposed policies that increase access to science-based intervention. Their analysis, consensus building, and strategic recommendations are exactly what our community needs.”

Joseph J. Roberts, Jr.

“Autism New Jersey understands the priorities of those they serve and can bring about real change that transforms lives. I’m proud to be associated with this organization and the tremendous work they do.”

Michele Adubato

“Autism New Jersey knows how to get things done in Trenton. They have the passion and expertise to evaluate and change policies that improve the lives of children and adults with autism throughout the state. I am proud to partner with them.”

Helen E. Hoens

“As a former Board Member and the mother of an adult son with autism, I know firsthand Autism New Jersey’s extraordinary level of expertise and dedication as well as their positive impact on our families. With this bold new initiative, we can all count on Autism New Jersey to continue to lead the way to better lives and brighter futures for our sons and daughters.”

A burden lifted

“As a parent in a household of four with 2 children with autism, one aged 7 and one aged 3, it was a great burden lifted to know that I was able to attend the conference with the generous scholarship, otherwise I would not have been able to afford to go.”

Gain valuable knowledge

“Our family struggles with many challenges including financial challenges, and this scholarship allowed for me to be able to attend this conference for the first time ever and to gain valuable knowledge in order to better help as well as better understand my own children.”

New ideas and innovative ways

“As a parent of an autistic child, we seek new ideas and innovative ways to get through each and every day with our children, and some of the lectures at the conference were priceless for me to gain just that. If not for the scholarship, I would not have been able to attend or to be able to learn as I did. I am ever grateful for this and for your organization as a whole.”