TRENTON - Experts at Eden Autism Services say early diagnosis can make a world of difference for a child with autism, and want lawmakers to support their efforts.

Members of the organization, one of New Jersey's leading service providers for kids with the developmental disorder, met Monday at the State House in Trenton.

Eden paired up with several doctors and software developers to show off new technology that might be able to diagnose autism in children less than 1 year old.

"If we can get to children at 8 months of age, and get early intervention services, particularly speech and communication, and socialization, we have a leg up on making their lives more meaningful as they become adults,” says Thomas McCool, of Eden Autism Services.

New screening tools and autism-friendly apps have been made available on Eden's website.