Thank you for participating in our 2015 Autism Awareness Ambassador Program!

This year's theme was "Connecting the Pieces." It was wonderful to hear how ambassadors connected with their communities, schools, government officials and friends all to spread autism awareness during April. Here's a quick summary:

Ambassador Kits:

1,237 kits were distributed to ambassadors
120 kits were sent to New Jersey Legislators

Free Autism Awareness Supplies:

294 NJ residents requested and received free supplies. We distributed:
Bookmarks: 28,075
Temporary Tattoos: 20,000
Stickers: 20,000
Kids Booklets: 10,873
Rack Cards: 21.580
Posters: 3,000

School Resource Packs:

310 free classroom packs were distributed to NJ elementary schools.
Total Students Reached: 7,440
127 Elementary Schools • 113 Districts/Towns • All 21 NJ Counties


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Top Ambassador Fundraisers

Congratulations to our 2015 top Autism Awareness Fundraisers!

Top Fundraiser:

MRESC’s Aquatics and Fitness Center of Parlin’s 3rd Annual Swim-a-thon, organized by Kate Dauphinee, which raised $6,509.78

Top Junior Ambassador Fundraiser:
Julie Welsh, whose annual "Julie's Awesome Autism Awareness Yard/Bake Sale" raised $1,137.00.

Our Top 5 Fundraisers are:

  1. 3rd Annual Autism Awareness Swim-a-thon, Kate Dauphinee and the rest of the MRESC team from Aquatics and Fitness Center in Parlin, NJ  $6,5709.00
  2. Acapella for Autism, Moorestown Board of Education, Moorestown, NJ  $5,670.00
  3. Autism Awareness Fundraisers, Kristi Diklich, Kerianne Morris, Kristen Lenox, Lisa Gast & Jennifer Church, Sparta Schools, Sparta, NJ  $5,220.10
  4. Variety of Autism Awareness Fundraisers, Allison Mauro, Crystal Weaver, Sharon Shemeley, Wanaque School, Wanaque, NJ  $3,424.00
  5. Bowl-a-thon for Autism, Theresa Saracinello, Loews Orthodontics, Flemington, NJ  $3,205.00

Ambassador of the Week

Each week of April, we will be highlighting an “Ambassador of the Week” for their exceptional work in raising awareness and building acceptance.

Week 4 -- Chris McCabe

Being a dad is sometimes all the motivation you need to make the world a better place for your children. Chris McCabe’s “better place” embraces individuals with autism and is inspired by his daughter. Chris founded the "Drive for Autism" Charity, whose inaugural event was held earlier this month.  We asked Chris to tell us more about what inspires him>>

Week 3 - Lia Caravella

Lia, a middle school teacher, has planned a variety of activities to show support for Autism Awareness Month. She implemented lessons to teach her students about autism while encouraging them to understand and embrace the differences in others. Lia also has included autism awareness activities in her Character Education Curriculum. Lia hopes this will impact her students and lead to meaningful friendships between their peers with autism. We asked Lia to tell us more about what inspires her to be an ambassador>>

Week 2 - Debbie Esposito

Debbie is a concerned community member that fell in love with working with children with autism at her local school district. It's this love that has inspired her to raise awareness and become a true ambassador for the autism community. We asked Debbie to tell us a bit about what motivates her>>

Week 1 - Eddie: The Au-some Balloon Creator

"He is a true ambassador -- a bridge between high school students and pupils with special needs and autism. Any amount of money raised during public events goes to an autism-related support group. The high school volunteers who participated in the event all walked away with rewarding feelings and a better understanding of autism." Click here to learn more>>


April 23



Teachers awareness

Started by Sara Malvasia . Last reply by Cheri C. Jan 5. 1 Reply

Just a little frustrated my son is 7 years old he presented his project and read to his class. The teacher took points off because he couldn't answer his peers questions. He is autistic and does have problem interacting. It's frustrating to read…Continue

Who's your autism inspiration?

Started by Autism New Jersey. Last reply by Chaya Levin Apr 10, 2013. 13 Replies

Tell us who inspires you to raise awareness?Continue


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Sponsor Thank you!

Thank you to the Toys"R"Us Children's Fund for its generous grant to help produce and distribute the kit. 

School Resource Pack Sponsors


Keller Williams Realty

Rotary Club of Plainsboro, NJ

Ambassador Hub Sponsor

Don Brown/MetLife Center for Special Needs Planning

Rack Card Sponsor


Community Education Section Sponsor


Junior Ambassador Section

Nestle Nutrition

Interested in being a sponsor for our 2016 Ambassador Program?  Click here or email

2015 T-Shirt -- Keep Calm and Raise Autism Awareness

Keep Calm and Raise Autism Awareness.  Wear our t-shirt proudly...not just during April, but throughout the year!

$15.00 each.

Discounts for orders of 10+.


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