Autism Light: Sen. Robert Menendez
Sen. Robert MenendezThe Honorable Robert “Bob” Menendez serves as a member of the United States Senate, representing the state of New Jersey. He has served in the Senate since 2006. Sen. Robert Menendez is an Autism Light because he has taken up the cause of autism on critical occasions in his relatively short career in the United States Senate.
The 57 year old U.S. Senator was born in New York City to Cuban immigrants and has a passion for helping those with autism. Sen. Menendez repeatedly shares two primary reasons for his relentless advocacy for autism in the United States Government.
- New Jersey, the state he represents, has the highest rate of autism in the whole United States at a rate of 1 in 94 children (Source).
- Sen Menendez feels there needs to be help for families touched by autism, “so that their child or loved one can fulfill their God given capabilities.”
Combating Autism Reauthorization Act of 2011: Sen. Robert Menendez was a co-sponsor of the Combating Autism Reauthorization Act in the U.S. Senate. When the bill encountered some resistance in the Senate, he struck a deal to help assure passage (Source). This reauthorizes the Combating Autism Act of 2006 for an additional 3 years and will provide federal funds for research, training, detection, and service centers for autism. Bob Wright, co-founder of Autism Speaks, said, “Autism Speaks thanks Senator Menendez who led the bill across the finish line.” President Barack Obama signed this legislation on September 30, 2011. Emily P. Walker, the Washington Correspondent for MedPage Today has written a summary of key points of the legislation.
Here is a video of Sen. Menendez advocating in the U.S. Senate for the passage Combating Autism Reauthorization Act.
Other Legislation: Sen. Bob Menendez has been a key sponsor of several other legislative attempts to help the cause of autism.
- The Autism Treatment Acceleration Act of 2009 never became law.
- The Frank Melville Supportive Housing Investment Act of 2010 was singed into law by President Barack Obama on January 4, 2011.
Here is Sen. Menendez speaking to a group with Advancing Futures for Adults with Autism. In 2010 he was designated the honorary co-chair of Advancing Futures for Adults with Autism.
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Thanks to Sen. Robert “Bob” Menendez for all you do to help make the world better for citizens with autism.
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