Many very good things are happening in our state, New Jersey, concerning people with autism and other developmental disabilities. Rutgers University on June 12 broke new ground in building an extension to its Rutgers Center for Adult Autism Services (RCAAS), more than doubling its current capacity. (The original RCAAS was launched in 2016.) The center will be part of the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology. Located on the Douglass Campus, RCAAS will offer employment, vocational training, and other services to individuals with autism. The center is also allied with the Douglass Developmental Disabilities Center (which also offers ABA training).
It is well known that Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is one of the fastest growing developmental disabilities in the U.S. About one in 59 children across the nation are diagnosed with ASD. In New Jersey, the rate is one in 34. This figure is testimony to the excellent diagnostic services available, along with superior opportunities for people with autism in both the public schools and the workplace in the form of employment services.
The individuals served work in paid positions, providing them with the independence to participate in the community and society at large.