Cure Autism Now | The New Jersey Infantile Autism Biomedical Research Act | May 11, 1999

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May 11, 1999

The New Jersey Infantile Autism Biomedical Research Act – signed into law! 

The Cure Autism Now Chapter successfully waged a campaign of action for all the children in New Jersey with autism. On May 11, 1999, The New Jersey Infantile Autism Biomedical Research Act was signed into law by Governor Christie Whitman . The bill passed unanimously in the New Jersey State Senate in December 1998 and in the General Assembly in March 1999. 

Thank you!! to all New Jersey Senators, Assemblymen, and Governor Whitman for this much needed boost for autism!

And a special thanks to the bill sponsors who introduced the legislation and helped oversee its passage: State Senators Louis Bassano and Robert Singer, and General Assemblymen Nicholas Felice and Joseph Doria!

New Jersey Infantile Autism Biomedical Research Act was signed into law by Governor Christie Whitman on May 11, 1999. The bill passed unanimously in the New Jersey State Senate in December 1998 and in the General Assembly in March 1999. 


      Thank you to all New Jersey Senators, Assemblymen, and Governor Whitman for this much needed boost for autism! And a special thanks to the bill sponsors who introduced the legislation and helped oversee its passage: State Senators Louis Bassano and Robert Singer, and General Assemblymen Nicholas Felice and Joseph Doria! 

The bill specifies the following: 

(a) It provides $1.5 million in funding for one year from the State of New Jersey for biomedical research on autism. 

(b) It creates a Center of Excellence for Autism. This would be under the auspices of the University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ). The Center may consist of several physical sites which will be accessible to NJ families. The Center would conduct clinical and basic research into the cause, diagnosis, early detection, prevention, control and treatment of autism, provide training for other medical professionals, and disseminate findings on advances in biomedical research on autism to physicians and families. 

(c) It designates money for pilot studies, by providing grants to scientists with the most promising research ideas that focus on the treatment, diagnosis and causes of autism. 

(d) It creates an awareness campaign for the public and physicians, so that earlier diagnoses can be made – leading to earlier intervention and better outcomes. 

The legislation was initiated by New Jersey Cure Autism Now (NJ CAN). The bill has been endorsed and actively supported by the National Alliance for Autism Research (NAAR), COSAC, and the Autism Autoimmunity Project. 

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