Autism Speaks Applauds Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) for Reintroducing the Helping HANDS for Autism Act

Washington, DC (March 25, 2009) -- Autism Speaks today thanked Senator Robert Menendez for reintroducing the Helping HANDS for Autism Act.  This bill, previously introduced last year, contains three spearate provisions aimed at providing help to individuals and families affected by autism.
The first section will establish an "Autism Navigator" program to help families navigate throught the complex system of services.  The second second section seeks to put into place a standard curriculum for the training of first responders in assisting individuals with autism.  The third section will create a task force to oversee the establishment of a housing demonstration grant program for adults with autism.
“Each of the three titles included in this legislation offers an important opportunity to address an area of concern for families affected by Autism,” said Elizabeth Emken, Vice President of Government Relations for Autism Speaks. “Autism Speaks thanks Senator Menendez for his leadership in helping families face the challenges associated with autism.”