New Jersey celebrates Autism Awareness Month

| 22 Feb 2012 | 08:19

    The state’s leading autism advocacy organization, Autism New Jersey (formerly COSAC), encourages all residents to help spread autism awareness during April, National Autism Awareness Month. New Jersey has the nation’s highest prevalence rate, 1 in 94 children, compared to the national rate, 1 in 150. While there is no known cause of or cure for autism, early diagnosis and appropriate intervention are vital to the future development of children and adults on the autism spectrum. Since 1965, Autism New Jersey has been providing advocacy and information for parents of individuals with autism spectrum disorders and the professionals who support them. Celebrated worldwide, month-long events highlight the needs of individuals affected by autism. Autism New Jersey provides the public with helpful information aimed at raising awareness and educating all facets of the public about this lifelong developmental disability. The Autism Awareness Ambassador program equips motivated families, community members and professionals with tools to raise awareness. It is not too late to register as an ambassador. Visit and click on “Become an Ambassador.” Register and receive a free kit of information, or support one of the many autism awareness events listed. For more information, e-mail Autism New Jersey’s Web site,, is a powerful tool for parents, individuals and professionals. Resources include information about support groups, services for professionals, services for parents, family members and caregivers, workshops, community education and outreach. Also included is an advocacy section, which provides information on the laws, regulations and government policy and programs impacting people with autism. If you want to learn how you can spread autism awareness, or become a member of Autism New Jersey, call 800-4-AUTISM.