SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – In honor of Autism Acceptance Month, state Rep. Natalie Manley, D-Joliet, is raising awareness of challenges that individuals and families of individuals living with
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) face and celebrating the many ways they overcome adversity.
“Illinois is home to an estimated 65,000 individuals living on the autism spectrum, and I’m committed to fostering an environment where these individuals and their families obtain the necessary support they need through community-based services and other state-backed programs,” said Manley. “There is no medical testing or cure for autism — making it imperative that we provide equitable access to care, such as essential healthcare services, intervention programs, and educational support.”                                             Throughout the month, Manley and other members are taking a moment during each day the House is in session to share information about ASD, and highlight ways that individuals living with autism and their loved ones manage the condition and thrive. ASD is a developmental disorder that can affect the way a person gets along and communicates with others. It can affect how a person learns and behaves, making it difficult for a person to do the things that others do easily. Early diagnosis and intervention are critical for individuals with autism, which can significantly improve their long-term outcomes and quality of life.                                                                         “As we honor Autism Awareness Month, we must remember that every day is a time we can dedicate to increasing understanding, acceptance, and support for individuals on the autism spectrum,” said Manley. “The state has made strides in promoting autism awareness and inclusion, but Illinoisians with autism continue to face challenges related to access to services, employment opportunities, and social inclusion. It is my goal, through education and fact sharing, that the legislature will prioritize resources to those with Autism Spectrum Disorder.”

To learn more, visit the Autism Program of Illinois (TAP) at https://tap-illinois.org/.

Rep. Natalie ManleyRep. Natalie Manley


Assistant Majority Leader

98th District

Springfield Office:
300 Capitol Building
Springfield, IL 62706
(217) 782-3316

District Office:
1050 W. Romeo Rd.
Suite 101
Romeoville, IL 60446
(815) 725-2741