TRENTON – A guide and an accompanying web site to assist families coping with autism have been unveiled.
First lady Mary Pat Christie, and the commissioners of the Departments of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) and Human Services (DHS) unveiled the guide titled Autism, Navigating through the Maze and its accompanying website, on Friday.
The were launched at a statewide conference at the PSE&G Children’s Specialized Hospital in New Brunswick.
“The tools being launched today bring New Jersey another step closer to helping families impacted by autism,” Mary Pat Christie said in a release. “I applaud Commissioner Velez and Acting Commissioner O’Dowd and their staff for the work they are doing to make a difference for this community.”
The new guide and website http://www.state.nj.us/humanservices/ddd/home/ooa.html provide information about services, resources and support available to New Jersey families facing the challenges of autism and other developmental disabilities. Web links to a variety of relevant community-based agencies in the Garden State providing assistance are also included.
A reported 1 in 94 New Jersey children is diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) – one of the highest prevalence rates in the nation.