Autism Awareness - The Heart of Acceptance

Thank you for participating in our 2016 Autism Awareness Ambassador Program! 

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:

Top Fundraisers

Our fundraisers brought in $129,345! 
Funds raised stay in the state to help families that have loved ones with autism. 

Congratulations to our 2016 top Autism Awareness Fundraisers:

  1. Autism Awareness Top Fundraiser: Kate Dauphinee and the rest of the Educational Services Commission of New Jersey’s (ESCNJ) Team, Swim-a-Thon, Parlin, NJ: $14,504
  2. Jr. Ambassador Top Fundraiser: Mallory Banks, Rockin' for Autism, Fanwood, NJ: $10,500
  3. Ava Panza, Kids Rocking for a Cause, Lake Como, NJ: $7,065
  4. Larry Weiner and Montclair State University PRSSA, Autism Awareness Benefit, Montclair, NJ: $6,000
  5. Acapella for Autism, Moorestown Board of Education, Moorestown, NJ: $5,200

Download a complete list of all Ambassador fundrasiers>>

Ambassador of the Week

Week 1: April 1st through 8th

Victoria Cepeda, North Bergen, NJ

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>>

Week 2: April 8th through April 15th

Nancy Fogarty, Aviano Air Force Base, Italy 

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>>

Week 3:  April 15th through 22nd

Ava Panza, Marlboro, NJ

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>>

Week 4:  April 22nd through 30th

Lori Ileya and The Super 6, Livingston, NJ

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>>


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Who's your autism inspiration?

Started by Autism New Jersey. Last reply by Nadine Cachola Apr 16. 14 Replies

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Teachers awareness

Started by Sara Malvasia . Last reply by Cheri C. Jan 5, 2015. 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


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