(March 28, 2014) -- State leaders issued the following statements in response to the new autism prevalence estimates made by the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention. (Statements from U.S. Senate members are here; U.S. House of Representatives here.)
Vermont Governor Pete Shumlin
(Signed one of nation's strongest autism insurance reform bills into law; chair Democratic Governors Association)
"The numbers on the prevalence of autism released today by the Center for Disease Control are another reminder of the great responsibility and urgent opportunity America's governors have to advocate for the autism community. I stand with them today and look forward to working with governors in states across the country to respond to this urgent public health crisis."
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie
(Presides over state with nation's highest autism prevalence; chair Republican Governors Association)
“As government leaders, we have a moral obligation to recognize the individual and unique needs of our residents who have a developmental disability and provide them with the tools necessary to lead fuller, more productive lives. That said, New Jersey has one of the best systems in the nation for identifying, diagnosing and caring for children and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). My Administration remains firmly committed to continuing our efforts to find new and innovative ways that help New Jersey families impacted by ASD and improving the lives of their loved ones.”