PO Box 360
Trenton, NJ 08625-0360

For Release:
April 2, 2013

Mary E. O'Dowd, M.P.H.
Commissioner

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(609) 984-7160

Governor Christie Designates April as Autism Awareness Month ( En Español )

Christie Administration Continues Commitment to New Jerseyans with Autism

Trenton, NJ - Recognizing the individual and unique needs of New Jerseyans with developmental disabilities, Governor Chris Christie declared April as Autism Awareness Month in the Garden State to encourage greater awareness of programs, services and opportunities that support individuals with autism. In addition, First Lady Mary Pat Christie has announced that Drumthwacket, the Governor's official residence, will be illuminated in blue tomorrow evening April 2, as part of World Autism Day. At the same time, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey will be lighting up the George Washington Bridge in blue for the month of April.

"National Autism Awareness Month is an appropriate time to highlight the fact that New Jersey has one of the best systems in the nation for identifying, diagnosing and caring for children and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders," said Governor Christie. "That's why this year's budget continues my Administration's firm commitment to assist residents with autism and their families by providing the tools they need to lead fuller, more productive lives."

Read the full release from the Governor's Office at: http://www.state.nj.us/governor/news/news/552013/approved/20130401b.html