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Autism New Jersey has information on a number of important topics.  Click on the links below to learn more about the following. 

Sheltered Workshop Eligibility and Funding: An Overview of State and Federal Limitations

Now that the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) has been signed into law, placements at sheltered workshops and other environments where people with disabilities are paid less than the federal minimum wage (currently $7.25 per hour) will be significantly limited. Learn more>>


In addition to providing students with autism and other disabilities the special education services they need, schools must also ensure that students with and without special needs can learn in a safe, welcoming atmosphere, free of harassment, intimidation and bullying. Preventing bullying of students with autism and other disabilities requires awareness and proactive approaches within the school. Learn more>>

Respite Care

Respite services provide planned or emergency care for a child or adult with special needs in order to provide temporary relief to family caregivers and meaningfully engage the individual with special needs. Learn more>>

Healthcare and Insurance

New Jersey legislation was passed mandating the coverage of certain health care benefits for autism and other developmental disabilities. Learn more>>

Education Rights

Understanding your child’s education rights is fundamental to ensuring that your child receives appropriate services and support. Learn more>>

Percentile rank, Standard deviations, norm referenced? What does all this testing jargon mean?
Testing provides a way to gain a snapshot picture of your child’s ability to perform in certain subject or achievement areas. Measuring your child’s progress throughout the school year, from year to year, or over the course of a few years can enable evaluators to see if the student is making progress and to determine if intervention strategies are effective. Learn more>>

Extended School Year (ESY)

Extended School Year (ESY) is a term that describes educational services beyond those provided during the traditional 180-day school year. Learn more>>

Independent Educational Evaluation (IEE)

An independent educational evaluation (IEE) is an evaluation of a child that is conducted by a qualified person not employed by the child's school district. Learn more>>

10 Tips for Parents Participating in the Individualized Educational Program (IEP) Process

Whether parents are attending their first Individualized Educational Program (IEP) meeting or have already attended many meetings, developing a child’s educational program is a process that takes preparation and patience. There are steps parents can take before, during and after the meeting that can make it a smoother process and lead to results that benefit the child. Learn more>>

Safety Issues:

Keeping individuals with autism safe remains a top priority.

Emergency Preparedness

The time to prepare for the next emergency is now.  Learn more>>


Elopement can be a frightening experience for family members as well as the individual with an autism spectrum disorder. In dealing with elopement, prevention is the first step. Learn more>>

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