(The following is a reformatted version of a press release
issued by Rutgers and received via electronic mail. The release
was confirmed by the sender.)
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
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Contact: Carla Cantor
732-932-7084, ext. 607
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