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April 28, 2018 – Safe Minds recognized Rep. Smith for his leadership in the passage of Kevin and Avonte’s Law as part of the Omnibus Spending Act of 2018.

“SafeMinds is thankful for the leadership of Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-NY), Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), and Congressman Chris Smith (R-NJ), and for their dedication to increasing the safety of those with autism who wander. This legislation is a foundational step in recognizing the urgency and importance of appropriately addressing commonly co-occurring medical conditions with autism,” SafeMinds Executive Director Lisa Wiederlight said in a statement.

Safe Minds is an independent autism advocacy group.

For more information, read Safe Minds’ full press release here.