Autism New Jersey Welcomes New Public Policy Director
February 10, 2017
Autism New Jersey is pleased to announce that Eric Eberman, M.S. Ed., has joined the organization as our new Public Policy Director. “Eric brings with him experience and expertise that make him uniquely qualified for this important position,” notes Executive Director, Dr. Suzanne Buchanan.
With nearly 20 years of experience in delivering high quality Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) services to children and adults with autism and other developmental disabilities in New Jersey, he is well positioned to successfully represent Autism New Jersey in advocating for the interests and needs of our community.
Eric’s experience ranges from providing direct hands-on service for individuals with autism and challenging behavior, to more recently, overseeing an entire service line of programs that served nearly 200 children and adults with autism and severe challenging behavior. As a service provider leader, Eric has worked closely with the Children’s System of Care (CSOC) and the Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD) on implementing the policies that they have created. “His practical insight on these state agencies' practices will prove valuable as Autism New Jersey collaborates with them to enhance their policies and service models for individuals with autism,” added Dr. Buchanan.
The addition of this essential Public Policy position is an important element to enhancing Autism New Jersey’s public policy capacity to address the challenges adults with autism, their families, and providers face.
“We are pleased to be able to continue our commitment to strategically expanding our capacity that we launched with our successful 50th Anniversary campaign,” said Steve Goodyear, President of Autism New Jersey’s Board of Trustees. “The hiring of Eric gets us one step closer to our goal to ‘Build Brighter Futures’ for adults with autism and to achieve meaningful and measurable improvements in the lives of every adult with autism in New Jersey.”
“With a flurry of changes at both the State and Federal levels, public policy and strong advocacy are now more critical than ever,” Eric noted. “I’m excited to be a part of the exceptional team at Autism New Jersey. There is so much work to be done, and I’m looking forward to connecting with families and all of our partners to focus on our important policy priorities to improve the lives of individuals with autism.”
If you’d like to learn more or get involved in our advocacy efforts, you can contact Eric at 609.588.8200 x34 or firstname.lastname@example.org.