Bob Titus (left); Director of Public Policy for Autism New Jersey receives a proclamation from Freeholder Pasquale Colavita, Jr. recognizing April as Autism Awareness Month.
Mr. Titus shared with the board that Autism spectrum disorders affect 1 in 94 children statewide and 1 in 80 boys. When asked about New Jersey’s rate, which is higher than the nationwide average of 1 in 110, Mr. Titus indicated that he believed the elevated rate was not due to any environmental factor, but more likely the result of excellent diagnostic systems. “I believe that New Jersey is a premier state as far as diagnosing autism and getting services to families,” he said.
Autism New Jersey was established in 1965 to provided information and resources for the autism community. For more information about the organization, go to their website at http://www.autismnj.org/Default.aspx or call their information services line at 1-800-4-AUTISM (1-800-428-8476).