The tremendous efforts of our ambassadors during National Autism Awareness Month was inspiring.
Remember, even though April is over, our efforts to raise awareness and build communities that embrace and accept people with autism continues 365 days a year!
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.
Check out the accomplishments of our Autism Ambassadors and take advantage of the tips, tools and inspiration to keep spreading awareness throughout the year:
Congratulations to our 2016 top Autism Awareness Fundraisers:
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>>
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