Schumer proposes new federal funding for autistic young adults

HURLEYVILLE – Proposed federal legislation would provide new funding for ongoing services for young adults with autism and other developmental disabilities after they “age-out” of the school system.

US Senator Charles Schumer came to the Center for Discovery in Hurleyville on Tuesday to announce the bill which is being jointly sponsored by Senator Robert Menendez of New Jersey. And New York’s senior senator said the Sullivan County facility would fit the bill as a candidate for funding.

“The Center for Discovery has a number of unique qualifications that make you certainly one of the best candidates for federal funding to research effective transition programs,” Schumer said.

State Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther (D, Forestburgh), who was recently honored by the Center and who is a registered nurse, joined Schumer to back the plan.

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