Autism awareness activities have been completed and the funds are in! Thanks to the enthusiasm and dedication of our autism awareness ambassadors we have had one of our most successful Autism Awareness Months to date! (Click here to view our Ambassador Fundraiser List.)
Countless activities were planned to make a statement and educate the community about autism. Funds raised stay in the state to help families that have loved ones with autism.
Check out more highlights and resources on Autism New Jersey's Website:
We asked ambassadors to let us know what best described the person who will be using the kit. Here's what they answered:
School Resource Packs:
Supplies Request Orders:
Fundraisers are eligible for incentives, pictured below. Expect them to arrive by the end of September.
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 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!
Julie Welsh, Jr. Ambassador & Friend
"I hope that in the future, awareness and understanding of autism will continue to grow, and people will be more accepting of the children and adults who have been diagnosed. Ideally, those with autism will be embraced and welcomed by their peers. Read Julie's story>>
Julie (l) pictured with her inspiration, Victoria (r).
Dave Koenig Rockaway Township Public Schools
"I hope that all of my students continue to progress, continue to amaze other people, and reach their full potential in a world that respects their abilities." Read Dave's story>>
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.
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