April is here and it's time to raise awareness.
Remember that by making your statement and sharing your story you are making a real difference. By raising awareness, we are striving to create communities that embrace and accept people with autism. All your activities, regardless of the size, contribute to that goal.
Thank you to our 1,500 ambassadors in New Jersey and across the US making a difference. Keep us posted!
Check back here often throughout the month for updates.
Introducing our Ambassadors of the Week!
Antoinette Dominicci-Fifoot of Jefferson Township, NJ
"My hope for the future for the autism community would be to have an easier time finding support, information and accommodations across our state and our country. I wish for everyone on the spectrum to be accepted..." Read Antoinette's story>>
Evelyn Lopez-Delgado of Woodbridge, NJ
"My goal is to share my knowledge and resources with other parents...I would like to see families and businesses in the community work together to welcome individuals with special needs in all aspects of the community."
New Prevalence Rates:
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) released a report showing 1 in 68 children nationally has an Autism Spectrum Disorder, with 1 in 45 in New Jersey. The national rate marks an increase of 30% from the previous 1 in 88 statistic. We are working on updating these figures in our online materials. As you spread awareness, be sure to let people know about the new numbers. You can learn more about the prevalence rates here.
We've fulfilled more than 315 supply order requests and have circulated an additional 300 free School Resource Packs. These free resources are made available because of the generosity of our sponsors. Our ambassadors are armed with the tools they need to raise awareness. We still have bookmarks and informational rack cards available, but supplies are limited. You can order yours here (while supplies last).
What do you have planned?
Registered hub members can post their photos and events. Or send information to firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll post for you.
Thank you to Toys"R"Us Children's Fund
We are pleased to announce that the Toys“R”Us Children’s Fund has renewed grant funding in sponsorship of our Autism Awareness Ambassador Program. Don’t miss out on your opportunity to show your community that you support autism awareness, too!
Haven't Registered? Hurry, supplies are limited!
Click here to sign up to get your free kit of tips and tools to raise awareness during National Autism Awareness Month.
Randolphville Elementary School in Piscataway NJ will be hosting their second "CHANGE FOR AUTISM" fundraiser to see which grade (K-3) will collect the most change throughout the month of April!0 Comments 1 Like
Get your hair done and enter to win a gift basket, buy a cookie or donate directly to Autism New Jersey.0 Comments 1 Like
Come in to Burger Express and Station Tavern every Monday in the month of April and a portion of your order will be given back to Autism New Jersey. Come in, have a great meal and help contribute to…0 Comments 0 Likes
Garvey’s Restaurant and Pub and Valiant Home Remodelers are teaming together to pay tribute to Autism Awareness Month by contributing to this worthy cause. Just visit Garvey’s on Wednesday, April 23r…
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CKO North Brunswick presents a Punch-A-Thon benefiting Autism New Jersey. Two 90 minute classes: SESSION 1: 9:00am to 10:30pm SOLD OUTSESSION 2: 11:00am to 12:30pm -- Spots still available Event…
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For the fourth year in a row, Mallory Banks of Fanwood, will be serving as a 2014 Autism Awareness Junior Ambassador and having a bake sale and raffle to raise money for Autism Awareness month. She w…
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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
Autism awareness needs to begin with the youngest members of our community and the oldest members. Communities, police, fire safety, business owners, potential employers all need to know about our children and all the good that they bring to our…Continue
The ABC Network television show "What Would You Do?", which aired on Friday, April 13, featured a scenario with a child with autism out to dinner with his family causing a disruption and an actor-portrayal of an angry patron reacting. View the…Continue
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