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Assemblywoman Will Present Resolutions As Part of Autism Awareness Month

In recognition of Autism Awareness Month, Assemblywoman Joan Voss will host an event on Wednesday to honor several of New Jersey’s leading schools for autism, all of which are located in Bergen County.

The event will take place on Wednesday, April 6, 2011, at 11am at The Forum School, one of the honorees, which is located at 107 Wyckoff Avenue, Waldwick, NJ.

As part of the event, Voss will also be presenting Assembly Resolutions to The Forum School, as well as the Alpine Learning Group in Paramus, and ECLC of NJ in Ho Ho Kus. On hand will be a representative for U.S. Senator Robert Menendez, as well as representatives and students from the schools being honored.

Voss has been one of the Assembly’s leading advocates for autism awareness, research and treatment, having been personally touched by the disorder. Voss chose to honor the schools for their outstanding efforts, particularly in light of the fact that New Jersey has the highest autism rate in the country.

According to a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one in 94 children in New Jersey is affected by an autism spectrum disorder – the highest rate in the nation. The same report found that 87,000 New Jerseyans are living with a form of autism.