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Autism Music Fest Brainchild of 14-Year-Old Fanwood Girl
In honor of Autism Awareness Month, Fanwood hosts first annual Rockin' For Autism Music Festival Saturday

Posted on - April 11, 2016

Autism New Jersey Ambassador, Mallory Banks is dedicated to shining a light on the autism spectrum. Since 2011 — when she was only 9 — Mallory has tirelessly raised awareness for autism and more than $10,000 for research. Autism hits close to home for Mallory because her older brother, Ethan, 16, is diagnosed with the neurodevelopmental disorder.

This year, the 14-year-old is amping it up a notch with her brainchild — the Rockin’ For Autism Music Festival. Intended to raise awareness and funds for autism research, Saturday's all-day festival features more than her annual bake sale. With musical acts, food trucks, vendors, autism workshops, raffles, an obstacle course, sports clinics and the Scotch Plains-Fanwood Youth Baseball Opening Day ceremony, the event is sure to rev up awareness and donations to the cause as it marks Autism Awareness Month. Read more>>

Prevalence Rate in New Jersey Rises to 1 in 41

National Rate Remains Unchanged at 1 in 68

March 31, 2016 -- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a report today showing the rate of children identified with an autism spectrum disorder remains at 1 in 68 children nationally.  This statistic is based on the CDC's evaluation of health and educational records of 8-year-old children in 2012 in 11 states, including New Jersey.  

New Jersey again has the highest rates of those states evaluated:  with 1 in 41 children. This percentage is higher than the average percentage identified with ASD (1.5%) in all communities in the United States where CDC tracked ASD in 2012. The New Jersey rate marks an increase of 12% from the previous 1 in 45 statistic released two years ago.  Read more>>

N.J. has highest rate of children diagnosed with autism again, officials say


One in 41 children is diagnosed with autism in New Jersey, a 12 percent increase over two years for a state that already had the highest rate in the nation, federal health officials announced Thursday.

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Disabled and looking for housing? Here's a how-to guide

By Susan K. Livio | NJ Advance Media for 
on April 07, 2016 at 8:33 AM, updated April 07, 2016 at 11:51 AM

On Wednesday, the Supportive Housing Association of New Jersey simplified the work for the tens of thousands of families in the state who struggle with these decisions and the complicated government bureaucracies that pay for them.

The organization released a 64-page free guide "The Journey to Community Housing with Supports," with numerous community training sessions to follow so families will know how to make the most of it. Learn more>>

Rockin' For Autism kicks off inaugural music festival on April 16

April 5, 2016

To commemorate Autism Awareness Month, and raise awareness of and funds for autism research, the Town of Fanwood will be hosting its first annual Rockin' For Autism Music Festival on Saturday, April 16, 2016, from 10:00am to 5:00pm at LaGrande Park. The all-day festival will feature a variety of local musical acts, food trucks, local vendors, autism workshops and clinics, an obstacle course, a bake sale  and raffles, and will coincide with the Scotch Plains Fanwood Youth Baseball Association Opening Day Ceremony.

All proceeds will be donated to Autism NJ, the largest statewide network of parents and professionals dedicated to improving lives of individuals with autism spectrum disorders. Those wishing to donate online may do so at

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