A-1042

“Establishes New Jersey Autism Website”

NJEA supports A-1042 (Schaer, McKeon, Spencer, Singleton, Benson).  This legislation would require the Commissioner of Health and Human Services, in consultation with various Autism advocates and organizations, to establish the “New Jersey Autism Website.”

Autism Spectrum Disorder is a developmental disorder that affects a person’s social communication and interaction.  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Autism impacts 1 in 68 children across the country.  In New Jersey, those figures change to 1 in 45 children.  Autism is currently the fastest growing developmental disability in the United States. 

Early detection is a key factor and can improve a child’s development.  The “New Jersey Autism Website” will provide parents, guardians and the public with information that will promote Autism awareness.  The website will include:

  • A check list that may be used to look for possible indications that a child may have Autism or be on the Autism spectrum.
  • Specific instructions on how to contact the Early Intervention Program, as well as, public and private agencies and organizations in New Jersey that provide programs and services to children with Autism.
  • Information that will support Autism recognition and treatment opportunities for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

NJEA urges you to vote yes on A-1042.