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New Bill to Promote Services for Transition Aged Youth with Autism

In June, U.S. Senator Robert Menéndez (D-New Jersey), introduced the Assistance in Gaining Experience, Independence, and Navigation Act of 2013 [S.1259] (AGE-IN Act), a bill to amend Title III of the Public Health Service Act. Every year, approximately 50,000 youth with autism spectrum disorders “age out” of secondary school and “are no longer eligible for school based support services.”  The AGE-IN Act will work to fund research regarding current infrastructure and services provided to transition aged youth with autism spectrum disorders and other developmental disabilities. The funded research then will be used to create support services for those youth as they transition out of secondary school. Of the bill, Senator Menéndez stated, “for too many people with autism spectrum disorders, the end of high school means the end of the support and skills training they need to succeed in the new world of adulthood.  We need a national response to ensure that resources are available to enable these young adults to lead the productive, fulfilling lives they deserve.

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