PISCATAWAY, N.J. (April 4, 2014) -- U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and members of the autism community toured the Autism Research Lab at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School to see the latest in cutting edge research focused on helping understand the diagnosis and treatment of autism. The tour was headlined by Dr. Christopher Molloy, Rutgers University senior vice president for research and economic development.
After the tour, Senator Menendez spoke about the importance of research in light of the Centers for Disease Control's new autism prevalence numbers, which indicate that 1 in 68 children in the U.S. are diagnosed with autism.
"The new CDC numbers are eye opening," said Senator Menendez, "Now more than ever, we need more research, supports, and services for our families."
Over 50 people attended the event ,including autism researcher Dr. Emanuel DiCicco-Bloom, Linda Walder Fiddle, Founder of the Daniel Jordan Fiddle Foundation; Jonah Zimilies, owner of Words Bookstore; Peter Bell, President of Eden Autism Services.
Watch Senator Menendez speak at Autism Speaks' news conference on the new CDC prevalence numbers here.