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Deborah M. Spitalnik, PhD, Genevieve Kumapley, PharmD, and Jonathan Kratchman Speak at Autism CARES Press Conference Held by Senator Menendez


Jonathan Kratchman, Deborah Spitalik, PhD, Senator Menendez, and Genevieve Kumapley, PharmD

Deborah M. Spitalnik, PhD, Director of The Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities, University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD) and New Jersey’s Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities Program (NJLEND), spoke at Senator Bob Menendez’ press conference about the reauthorization of the Autism CARES Act on Friday, February 8, 2019 at Quest Autism Programs in Midland Park, NJ. Dr. Spitalnik highlighted the importance of Autism CARES 2019 in supporting education through the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) programs and how the reauthorization broadens the lifespan focus to include adults with ASD and addresses health issues and disparities.
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Two participants in Boggs Center leadership programs also spoke at the press conference. Genevieve Kumapley, PharmD, Family Fellow in NJLEND, NJ Partners in Policymaking graduate, and Founding Executive Director of MyGOAL Autism, spoke about her experiences as a parent of a young adult with autism. Jonathan Kratchman, NJ Partners in Policymaking graduate, Rutgers University senior, Eagleton Institute of Politics Associate, and member of the Autism Society of America’s public policy committee, spoke about his experiences as an autism advocate.

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