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
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:
- Funding: Increase the availability of funding of services.
- Severe Challenging Behavior: Address the service gap that exists for children and adults.
- Licensure and Workforce: Build a strong and qualified workforce
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.