Sen. Bob Menendez Discusses Autism Advocacy at Maplewood's Words Bookstore

Sen. Bob Menendez Discusses Autism Advocacy at Maplewood's Words Bookstore


By:  Molly Glick
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MAPLEWOOD, NJ - This Monday, New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez led a roundtable with local parents of children with autism at Maplewood’s Words Bookstore, the latest stop on his Jersey Jobs Tour. Menendez addressed parents’ concerns of treatment costs and overall legislative representation. He pointed out how New Jersey has the highest rate of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in the country, with one in every 34 children currently diagnosed.

The senator introduced the Autism CARES Act, which developed into a 2014 law that authorizes federal assistance programs and funds research for autism treatment and therapy. In support of young adults with autism, Menendez currently sponsors the Assistance in Gaining Experience, Independence and Navigation (AGE-IN) Act.

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“Words Bookstore is an incredible place—a wonderful, nurturing and inclusive environment for children with autism to thrive,” Menendez said. “Not only do they provide invaluable resources and learning opportunities, but they also employ many with developmental disabilities, helping them gain the tools necessary to live independent, productive lives.”

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“I fully understand the co-medical issues which is why I fight so hard, as one of the authors of the Affordable Care Act, to preserve the ACA,” Menendez said. “It’s not a perfect law...but it dramatically increased insurance coverage for people and changed the paradigm of our health coverage.”

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