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Adults with Autism

Autism is lifelong. Awareness is not just about children with autism, but also adults. As individuals with autism turn 21 and leave the school system, many encounter a “Service Cliff,” according to…


Added by Autism New Jersey on March 15, 2016 at 9:00am — No Comments

Show Some Heart -- Encourage and Demonstrate Kindness

Our ambassador campaign encourages everyone to help build communities that embrace and accept individuals with autism.

One easy way to do this is to simply encourage kindness, especially when encountering individuals with autism in your day-to-day activities.

If you see a parent or caregiver…


Added by Autism New Jersey on March 14, 2016 at 9:00am — No Comments

Why Awareness Still Matters -- We have a lot of work to do!

While we have made great strides towards our goals to raise awareness and build acceptance, we still have a lot of work to do.

Unfortunately, there were a number of incidents and news stories, in New Jersey and across the country, where individuals with autism were bullied, put in dangerous situations and felt unwelcome in their communities.

Through your ambassador activities, you are helping to build acceptance and understanding for all individuals with autism.

Here are…


Added by Autism New Jersey on March 13, 2016 at 9:00am — No Comments

Autism is a Spectrum

Always keep in mind that autism is a spectrum disorder and how it affects people is varied. Treat every person as an individual. While some with autism can go on to college, be successful at jobs and live independently, there are also those who require intensive support and supervision to help them stay safe, complete everyday tasks and treat challenging behavior. Remember to paint a full picture of the spectrum.

Here's some additional articles that get to the "Heart of the…


Added by Autism New Jersey on March 12, 2016 at 9:00am — No Comments

Autism Prevalence -- Why is autism on the rise?

CDC Prevalence Trend 2000 to 2012

Statistics show that the prevalence rate of autism has been increasing. (For example, the rates increased from 1 in 94 in New Jersey reported in 2007 to 1 in 41 reported in 2016.) Autism is a complex condition. No single factor can explain why more children are being identified with autism, although a combination of genetic and environmental factors play a role. In addition, some of the increase in the rates in the…


Added by Autism New Jersey on March 11, 2016 at 9:00am — 1 Comment

Language -- Person with autism vs. autistic person

It can sometimes be confusing to know how to refer to someone with autism. 

Generally speaking, disability advocacy organizations (like Autism New Jersey) prefer the use of “person-first” language since it puts the focus on the person and not their disability. However, many self-advocates and their allies prefer “autistic” or “autistic person,” since they see autism as an essential part of their identity.

A great rule of thumb is to always speak to and about someone…


Added by Autism New Jersey on March 10, 2016 at 9:00am — No Comments

Getting to the Heart of the Matter -- Beyond Awareness to Acceptance

Your job as ambassador is to raise awareness, educate your community and dispel myths. We recognize that autism is more than a simple statistic and a puzzle piece. There are many issues that are complex and require more in-depth discussion.

We'll be posting some topics and themes here on the Hub for you to consider as you conduct your ambassador activities.

Feel free to comment and to use these posts as a springboard to raising awareness and building acceptance in your…


Added by Autism New Jersey on March 9, 2016 at 3:05pm — No Comments

The Voice - A poem by Jasmine for her cousin Michael

The Voice

By Jasmine M. Gutierrez 

Part One - Strength in silence 

Trapped in this body 

That no one can understand

What I feel what goes on inside

I wish to tell,…


Added by Autism New Jersey on March 12, 2015 at 9:47am — No Comments

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