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(TRENTON) — Assemblywomen Dr. Joan M. Voss (D-Bergen), L. Grace Spencer (D-Essex) and Valerie Vainieri Huttle (D-Bergen) today issued a multimedia package on two new laws — championed by former-Assembly Speaker Joseph J. Roberts, Jr. — that extend benefits and protections to adults with autism, further helping New Jersey combat its highest-in-the-nation prevalence of disorders on the autism spectrum.

The first law (A-4225) permits adults with autism to voluntarily place their names on a new state registry to help New Jersey improve its planning and services for those with the disorder.

The second law (A-4226) revises the state’s Law Against Discrimination to specifically prohibit discriminatory acts against people with autism.

The laws were signed by Senate President/acting Governor Stephen M. Sweeney (D-Gloucester) during a public ceremony Jan. 15 at the Alpine Learning Group – an educational facility designed to help teach and acclimate children and adults with autism spectrum disorders.

The multimedia package consists of a video on the new laws, audio of the same and a press release discussing the laws in more detail.

The video can be accessed directly via our Web site — — or by clicking here.

The audio file is available upon request.

A press release on the announcement can be found at either or by visiting the Assembly Democrats on Facebook.

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