Assemblywoman Donna Simon, R-Somerset, Hunterdon, Mercer and Middlesex, issued the statement below regarding today’s “NJ Children Blow Bubbles 4 Autism to Raise Awareness” campaign at the statehouse. Hosted by the state Department of Human Services, the event is being held in conjunction with “Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day.”
“Bubbles symbolize joy, hope and laughter. That’s why today’s event is an excellent opportunity to bring attention to autism, which affects nearly 1 in 45 children in New Jersey. At the same time, it’s a fun activity that gets people of all ages, especially children, involved in this important awareness campaign.
“We are all touched by this developmental disorder, whether it affects our family, friends or neighbors. While our state has one of the best systems in the nation for identifying, diagnosing and caring for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders, we need to continue our efforts to provide the support and guidance that affected children and their parents need to be successful.”
Simon, a strong advocate for autism, sponsors legislation to require health insurance coverage for diagnosing and treating autism as well as a resolution designating April 2nd of each year as “World Autism Awareness Day.”