New Jersey Signs Bill Including Autism as a Protected Characteristic in the NJ Law Against Discrimination

Autistic adults and children will be protected from discrimination.  The bill amends New Jersey’s law against discrimination so that autism disorders are recognized causes of disabilities.

“Autistic residents will now receive the same protections as other disabled citizens from discrimination in access to housing, employment and public accommodations such as theaters, stores and restaurants,” Senator Kean said.

“New Jersey is known for opening doors of opportunity for all its disabled residents,” Senator Kean said. “This bill’s passage shows that legislators of both parties can and do work together to build a more compassionate New Jersey.”

Senator Kean and Democratic Senator Joe Vitale of Woodbridge, chairman of the Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee, were co-prime sponsors of the legislation.