Turning Autism Awareness Into Autism Action

Senator Robert Menendez
2013-07-17 11:51:21
Dear Friend, What happens to young adults on the autism spectrum or with other developmental disabilities when they �age out� of the education and daily support systems they�ve come to rely on? Just ask Kerry Magro, a young leader of Autism Speaks who joined me earlier this week at the P.R.I.D.E. Center in Paramus [link 1].� He�ll tell you that the world into which these young people are thrown can be confusing, disjointed and without the meaningful support networks and skills training they need to succeed as adults. In fact, 50,000 people on the autism spectrum reach adulthood every year.� Less than half participate in secondary education or employment in the two years after high school and only 35 percent receive any additional education within six years. Places like P.R.I.D.E. [link 2] are filling the gap and providing opportunities for young people with special needs like Helen Solano [link 3] to learn and practice life skills.� But it�s time for a national response to ensure resources are available to empower young adults with special needs to lead the productive, fulfilling lives they deserve.� I introduced the Assistance in Gaining Experience, Independence and Navigation (AGE-IN) [link 4] Act to fund research into the aging-out phenomenon and inventory available community-based housing, continuing education, transportation and community integration services. �In addition, a strategic plan would be created for a pilot program providing a full range of support services for young adults in transition. Like the Combating Autism Reauthorization Act, this bill is the right thing to do for all of our families and communities touched by autism.� I�m going to work hard to gain the bipartisan support we need to get it passed. Sincerely, Robert Menendez United States Senator � Please do not reply to this e-mail as this address is not monitored. To contact my office, please use the contact form found on my website at menendez.senate.gov/contact [link 5]. [image = menendez.enews.senate.gov/images/image001.jpg] [link 6] [image = menendez.enews.senate.gov/images/tweetbutton.png] [link 7] *E-MAIL UPDATES* *Yes, please periodically send me e-mail updates.** Click Here [link 8] *By subscribing to my e-mail updates, you are authorizing me to send regular e-mail updates from my office to your e-mail account. Survey/Question [survey]

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