Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Medical-Legal Partnership Will Aid Families After Receiving an Autism Diagnosis

EDISON, N.J. -- Almost one out of every 94 children born in New Jersey is diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
Autism Spectrum Disorder becomes apparent in early childhood.
Those affected process information and perceive the world around them in a different way.
Autism is not caused by emotional disturbance or bad parenting, according to research.
Its root causes remain undiscovered.
Dr. Gary McAbee, director of pediatric neurology at the New Jersey Neuroscience Institute at the JFK Medical Center in Edison, is heading an effort to create a medical-legal partnership designed to help patients and families sort through the various legal matters that follow a diagnosis.
McAbee also is a lawyer. He said this has made him aware of issues that are legal and not medical in nature.

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