Autism impacts about 1 in 50 children across the Garden State and their families. Governor Christie and his administration remain committed to finding new ways to help New Jersey families impacted by Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and improving the lives of their loved ones.

New Jersey will soon have a center to coordinate academic and private research being done across the state on the cause of ASDs. The Governor's Council for Research and Treatment of Autism is set to establish the NJ Autism Center of Excellence this summer, consisting of a Coordinating Center and up to three program sites that will develop and conduct clinical research projects.

“As government leaders, we have a moral obligation to recognize the individual and unique needs of every New Jerseyan with a developmental disability,” says Christie. “With this year's 2013 budget, my Administration is reaffirming its commitment to help residents with autism and their families with the tools they need to lead fuller, more productive lives.”

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The creation of the Division of Child Integrated System of Care Services within the Department of Children and Families will address the holistic needs and concerns of families with children with developmental disabilities and other complex needs in one place. The reorganization is designed to ensure that families of people with developmental disabilities have access to every possible support that State government provides.