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    Resources to assist in the improvement of special education programs.
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    Information to assist in the implementation of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.
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    Information to help parents and students with NJ special education programs.
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    P.O. Box 500
    Trenton, NJ 08625-0500
    phone: (609)292-0147
    fax: (609)984-8422

    Program Improvement

    Autism

    Overview
    Autism is a developmental disorder that affects 1 in 45 children in New Jersey and 1 in 68 children nationwide.  The DSM-V characterizes Autism Spectrum Disorder by persistent deficits in social communication and the presence of restricted, repetitive patterns of behavior.  Autism occurs across all racial, ethnic and socioeconomic groups and is almost five times more likely to occur amongst boys than girls. There is no known cure for autism, however, there are evidence-based treatment approaches that can significantly improve outcomes for individuals with autism.  The following resources are intended to assist educators and families in identifying the appropriate supports, services and programs for children with autism. 

    For additional assistance or questions, please contact, Damian Petino, Psy.D by email at damian.petino@doe.state.nj.us or via telephone at(973) 631-6475.