Why Public Policy Matters
Federal and state laws and regulations determine many components of disability services. These include funding, eligibility criteria, availability and quality of services, and a variety of other mandates that directly impact the lives of every child and adult with autism.
Advocating for changes to policy is a dynamic and complex process. It requires an insider’s perspective on the state capital. It requires subject-matter expertise and the ability to navigate legislative and regulatory roadblocks. It takes experience and relationships with key decision makers.
Our extensive public policy work involves a collaborative approach, keen analysis of trends, issues and their impact, and thoughtful strategy. Our aim is to influence laws, regulations, and policy that provide more meaningful outcomes. To learn more about the state policy actions we are currently monitoring, please use the links below:
- Recently Enacted Laws
- Pending Legislation (Bills)
- Regulations and Major Policy Updates
- Government Agencies
For more information about our Public Policy efforts, contact email@example.com or call 609.588.8200 x10034
Our Current Priorities
Always mindful of the broad and ever-changing public policy landscape, Autism New Jersey’s public policy priorities are generated through many sources of information. However, there is no more important source than the autism community itself. Through our Helpline 800.4.AUTISM, Autism New Jersey listens to the needs of the autism community. Informed by your calls, we selected the following public policy priorities:
- Funding: Increase the availability of funding for autism services.
- Severe Challenging Behavior: Address the service gap that exists for children and adults with autism.
- Workforce Development: Build a strong and qualified workforce to support individuals with autism.
Our Current Appointments
|Attorney General’s Mental Health and Special Needs Steering Committee
Dr. Suzanne Buchanan, Committee Member
|State Board of Applied Behavior Analyst Examiners
Dr. Suzanne Buchanan, Chair
|New Jersey Department of Education Autism Quality Program Indicators Advisory Panel
Dr. Suzanne Buchanan, School-Age Committee Member; Lauren Frederick, Youth Committee Member; and Amy Golden, Youth Committee Member
|New Jersey Division of Developmental Disabilities Behavior Management Committee
Lauren Frederick, Committee Member
|New Jersey Division of Developmental Disabilities Support Coordinator Competency and Capacity Building Steering Committee
Jon Gottlieb, Esq., Committee Member
|P.L. 2023, c. 108 Guidance Committee (autism notation on State IDs)
Dr. Suzanne Buchanan and Dr. Joe Novak, Advocacy Organization Representatives
Support Our Efforts
Supporting our public policy work is a powerful way to advocate for change and influence the direction of government policies that improve the quality of life for individuals with autism. The impact of your donation transcends Autism New Jersey and our community. Your support sustains Autism New Jersey’s efforts to raise awareness and educate state officials about the autism community’s complex needs, leading to more thoughtful and comprehensive state-level policy development.
How You Can Help
Autism New Jersey is a financially transparent organization with a history of accomplishments.