At its heart, our program has always been about working to build communities that embrace and accept people with autism. Making people aware about autism, dispelling myths and generating understanding is an essential part of creating change and building acceptance.
Awareness is still at the heart of our efforts. For nearly 20 years, our ambassadors have helped change perceptions and possibilities for individuals living with autism. Let’s set out to build on that wave of acceptance and compassion this April, National Autism Awareness Month 2016.
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Victoria is a mom to two boys, Ethan and Julian. Julian, now 4 years old, was diagnosed with autism in July 2014. Julian’s diagnosis inspired Victoria to spread awareness in their community in Hudson County. A proud Latina, Victoria believes the “limited understanding about autism among Latinos prevents them from seeking evaluations and services for loved ones once diagnosed.” Victoria wants to spread awareness during Autism Awareness month by sharing resources, informing local officials, and planning events. Read Victoria's inspiring story>>
Nancy Fogarty, a civilian Speech-Language Pathologist, was the point of contact for the awareness events and championed the idea to spread awareness on Aviano Air Force Base in Italy. Read more about how Nancy has spread awareness>>
Talented teen musician Ava Panza is big sister to Lizzy, who has autism. Now 14 years old, Ava has been a part of Autism New Jersey’s Ambassador Program since she was just five. Read about Ava and how she rocked it through the month of April>>
Lori Ileya has been teaching children with autism for over 20 years. Being around individuals with autism has made Lori’s son, Michael, eager to spread awareness. Michael enlisted the help of five friends and fellow cub scouts and formed a group they called "The Super 6". Collectively they have made a huge impact raising awareness with posters, drawings and much more. Read more about Junior Ambassadors Michael, Samay, Hriday, Ritvik, Austin, and Ben>>
Come out for Autism Family Nights every Tuesday 4pm-9pm at the IHOP in Union, NJ! All are welcome! If your family is impacted by autism, eating out just for a little easier. IHOP in Union, NJ is host…0 Comments 1 Like
CKO Kickboxing is hosting their 3rd Annual Punch-a-Thon on Sunday, April 30th at CKO’s Wayne location at 9:30AM, $25 per bag! Last year’s event was awesome, and this year should be even better. Live…
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Please join us on Tuesday, May 3rd 7:00PM at the Wayne Public Library for a free book discussion by authors John Donvan and Caren Zucker they will be discussing their book "In a Different Key" The…0 Comments 0 Likes
Join Precise Publications for its 6th Annual Bike Ride to benefit Autism New Jersey and Somerset Hills Learning Institute on May 21st. Riders and non-riders are welcome! Two routes from which riders…
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June 11, 2016 from 6:30am to 4pm – Brookdale Community College in Lincroft, NJ, Monmouth County
The Ride for Autism is a one-day charity bicycle tour designed to raise funds for Autism New Jersey and also to raise community awareness about autism. Every year, 500-800 riders turn out to particip…0 Comments 0 Likes
Same great golf outing...New place! Join us for our 18th Annual Liberty Mutual Invitational Autism Charity Golf Outing at the beautiful Fiddler's Elbow Country Club in Bedminster Township, NJ and wa…0 Comments 1 Like
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