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Regional Forums to Gather Public Input on the Needs of Adults with Autism


Press Advisory FURTHER INFORMATION:
March 6, 2009 Pam Ronan
For Immediate Release


TRENTON
– The New Jersey Adults with Autism Task Force will sponsor four public forums to gather input from New Jersey residents regarding the needs of adults with autism. Charged with studying and evaluating the needs of adults with autism, forums are being held to gather information on issues such as job training and placement, housing and long-term care needs.

This information from the public will be used to develop recommendations designed to support and meet the needs of adults with autism who are residents of New Jersey. The recommendations will comprise the basis for a comprehensive report which the task force shall present to Governor Jon S. Corzine and the New Jersey Legislature in June 2009.

Who: New Jersey Adults with Autism Task Force

What: Public forums on the Needs of Adults with Autism

Where and When:

Bergen Community College, 400 Paramus Road, Paramus, Pitkin Education
Center, Room A104
March 14th, 2009 - 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. This forum will be broadcast live on www.bergen.edu
For more information, contact: autismtaskforce@bergen.edu

Monmouth County Library, 125 Symmes Drive, Manalapan
March 14th, 2009 - 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
For more information, contact: llong@autismnj.org or 609-883-8100 ext. 48

Burlington County Human Services Facility, 795 Woodlane Road, Mount Holly
Lecture Hall A
March 16th, 2009 - 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 pm.
For more information, contact deborah.cohen@dhs.state.nj.us or call 609-984-3351

Hudson Community College in Journal Square, Building B, 1st Floor Student Lounge, Jersey City
March 21, 2009 – 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
For more information, contact: info@djfiddlefoundation.org

Individuals planning to present testimony are asked to keep their remarks to three minutes. All testimony must be submitted in writing as well. For those who are unable to attend any of the forums, written testimony may be submitted to deborah.cohen@dhs.state.nj.us. Written testimony must be received by March 21, 2009.

On September 12, 2007 Governor Jon S. Corzine signed into law (PL 2007, c. 173), which created the task force to study, evaluate and make recommendations intended to meet the needs associated with the significant challenges presented by autism. This 13 member task force includes advocates, family members and professionals in the field of autism.

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