Shutting Out New Jersey

1:45 PM -- Mental health news from NorthJersey.com:

    A package of bills to help the thousands of New Jerseyans with autism received overwhelming approval in the Assembly on Thursday, just weeks after federal researchers said the state has the country's highest occurrence of the neurological disorder…

    In a landmark study released last month, the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimated that 14,000 New Jerseyans, ages 3 to 21, have the disorder. Researchers put the New Jersey rate at one in 94 children -- the highest rate among 14 surveyed states. The collective average in the other 13 states was one in 150 children.
Hmmm... New Jersey's children close themselves off from their environment at a greater rate than do those in the rest of the country? Ever been to Jersey? I say the kids are alright. There's method in this madness.

* Facts From the Fundament Alert: The National Institute of Mental Health estimates the incidence of autism at 2 to 6 out of every 1000 children.

— Larry, Attack Monkey, Light Reading

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