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April 26, 2018 – Rep. Smith received the Autism Speaks’ Congressional Leadership Award Wednesday for his “committed service and leadership to support the autism community” and “championing this issue on the Autism Caucus.”

Autism Speaks honored Smith for authoring major laws that fund autism research and resource programs, including: “Kevin and Avonte’s Law,” “Combating Autism Reauthorization Act, the Autism Statistics, Surveillance, Research and Epidemiology (ASSURE) Act,” and the “Autism CARES Act,” reported TAPinto.

“I want to thank the leaders at Autism Speaks for their incredible work raising awareness on this invisible crisis,” Rep. Smith said. “Autism affects 1 in 68 children—and 1 in 42 boys—nationwide, according to the CDC, and 1 out of every 41 children—and 1 in 26 boys—in New Jersey.”

“More children will be diagnosed with autism this year than with AIDS, diabetes and cancer combined. With tens of thousands of children on the autism spectrum transitioning into adulthood each year, we must do better at ensuring that they have the education and therapeutic and other services they need to live healthy, independent lives, as the current healthcare system is not designed to meet their needs,” said Rep. Smith.

Rep. Smith previously received the Award of Thanks from Autism Speaks and he also serves as the co-founder and co-chair of the Congressional Autism Caucus.

To read the full TAPinto article, please click here.