RUTGERS RECEIVES $1.5 MILLION GIFT FOR CHAIR IN ADULT AUTISM
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Rutgers Receives $1.5 Million Gift for Chair in Adult Autism
Karmazin and Lillard Chair will help position Rutgers as a leader in issues related to adults with autism
Two families, longtime friends who between them have three sons on the autism spectrum, have made a $1.5 million gift to Rutgers University to endow a faculty position in adult autism, a field in which there is a critical shortage of trained professionals and support services.
The Karmazin and Lillard Chair in Adult Autism is being established by Dina Karmazin Elkins, daughter of Mel Karmazin, philanthropist and the former CEO of Sirius XM Radio; Michael Lillard, Chief Investment Officer of Prudential Fixed Income, and his wife, Amy. The endowed professorship wiill address much needed intervention and research for adults with autism spectrum disorders from both academic and training perspectives. It will be based at Rutgers University’s Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology, which for decades has been providing leading-edge services to children and adults with autism spectrum disorders and other developmental disabilities.
Approximately 1 in 88 children in the United States is diagnosed each year with an autism spectrum disorder, one of a range of conditions classified as pervasive developmental disorders. In New Jersey, the rate of autism has doubled in six years to one in 49 children, an increase that has confounded researchers. As these children reach adulthood, experts predict a surge of adults on the spectrum who will need continuing services and therapies.
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