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Dodd, Menendez Unveil Comprehensive Legislation to Address Autism


Location: Washington, DC

Menendez will take the baton on Combating Autism Act from Dodd in next session of Congress Legislation includes research, health care and support services components

Senators Christopher Dodd (D-CT) and Robert Menendez (D-NJ) today unveiled legislation to comprehensively address autism and support those living with it. Menendez will re-introduce the bill early in the next session of Congress. The legislation includes provisions to boost autism research, provide support services for affected individuals and families and to improve the health care of those living with autism.

Dodd said: "Autism can have a devastating effect on children and their families. Families struggling to raise a child with autism deserve our support, and they deserve answers. This legislation will help move us toward a better understanding of autism and help better support those living with this difficult disability. These efforts must carry on in the years to come, and I thank Senator Menendez for continuing to champion this important legislation in the next Congress."

Menendez said: "Families in New Jersey, more than anywhere else, understand that we need to address autism on multiple fronts -- with research, with early treatment and with a support structure and services for affected individuals and families. I am proud to join with Senator Dodd in introducing the kind of comprehensive initiative that is needed, and I thank him not only for his work on this legislation, but for his tireless advocacy for those affected by autism over the years. I intend to carry on Senator Dodd's legacy by sponsoring and re-introducing this bill early in the next session of Congress."

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