Sen. Robert Menendez proposes new bill supporting young adults with autism

Sen. Robert Menendez has introduced new legislation for young adults with autism who are "aging out" of existing support systems. The bill provides federal funding

Sen. Robert Menendez has introduced new legislation for young adults with autism who are

Sen. Robert Menendez has introduced new legislation for young adults with autism who are "aging out" of existing support systems. (7/15/13)

PARAMUS - Sen. Robert Menendez has introduced new legislation for young adults with autism who are "aging out" of existing support systems.

The bill provides federal funding to research the services available to those young people, develops an action plan, and provides grants for programs.

Young adults with autism are no longer eligible for school-based support services once they turn 21.

The goal is to help autistic adults in their early 20s transition from school to the workforce.

"In our nation, there are roughly 50,000 children with an ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) who reach adulthood with few opportunities for continuing their education or finding employment," Sen. Menendez says.

Currently, less than half of autistic teens are participating in secondary education or employment within two years of leaving high school.

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