Get Involved in Public Policy
Autism New Jersey works to affect federal and state legislation, regulations and public policy in a way that benefits New Jerseyans with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) of all ages. Our Public Policy Department provides the autism community with information on the laws, regulations, and public policies that affect people with autism and their families. You can help make a difference!
Election Day and Voting
The most important way you can get involved in our public policy efforts is to exercise your right to vote!
Tuesday, October 15: Last day you can register to vote in the November 5th General Election. Questions? Visit the New Jersey Division of Elections web site
Wednesday, October 16: Special Election for U.S. Senate
Tuesday, November 5: The general election for Governor and all 120 New Jersey Senate and Assembly seats.
Questions? Visit the New Jersey Division of Elections
The Candidates and The Issues
Our friends at the Arc of New Jersey have produced a “Get Out The VOTE 2013” guide that includes statements from both gubernatorial candidates on the topic of developmental disabilities, a helpful FAQ with key dates to remember, and comments from self-advocates and a family member on why voting is important. The guide also outlines the ballot questions that voters will decide on when they visit the polls this November. Click here to download a copy.
The Elisabeth M. Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities —Voting: It’s Your Right guide was designed for individuals with intellectual disabilities in New Jersey, but may be useful as an example for other states. Download the guide in English and Spanish on the Boggs Center website.
AUCD’s Election Guide offers information about the presidential and congressional candidates in your state and where and how to register to vote. All visitors have to do is enter a zip code!
Share your Story
Occassionally, Autism New Jersey will ask concerned individuals to advocate on behalf of pending legislation. Your personal story can make a difference. Email [email protected] if you are interested in lending your voice when advocacy is required, either by (1) contacting their local, state and federal representatives (by phone, mail or email); (2) attending town halls or meetings; or (3) providing testimony.
Top Advocacy Issues include: Housing, Healthcare/Insurance and Education.