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:
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:
Temporary Tattoos: 20,000
Kids Booklets: 10,873
Rack Cards: 21.580
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
Congratulations to our 2015 top Autism Awareness Fundraisers!
MRESC’s Aquatics and Fitness Center of Parlin’s 3rd Annual Swim-a-thon, organized by Kate Dauphinee, which raised $6,509.78
Our Top 5 Fundraisers are:
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>>
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>>
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