April 2022
Helping Families Connect with Law Enforcement
As a part of our safety awareness initiatives, we recently interviewed Jerry Turning, founder of Blue Bridge Training, 25-year police veteran, and proud father to his 17-year-old son with autism.

Jerry provides training for first responders and supports families in helping to forge important connections with their local law enforcement. Jerry offers some insight and helpful tips for parents>>
Ambassadors Promote Autism Acceptance to Shape the Future
This week marks the half-way point of National Autism Month!
Nearly 800 dedicated autism ambassadors, across all 21 counties in New Jersey, have been leading the charge to positively impact our autism community through the Ambassador Program.

To build on this momentum, we’re acknowledging the tireless work, creativity, and spirit of our ambassadors. Because of them our communities are creating a greater understanding and acceptance of individuals with autism and their families. Read more>>
Autism New Jersey Do-A-Thon
Join us now through June 30
A sister event to the Ambassador Program, our Do-A-Thon is about embracing our differences and honoring the strengths and challenges that make us unique.

Choose an activity and start collecting donations!
We offer comprehensive information, support, and vaccine access through our special needs clinic. Learn more>>

  • Extensive planning conversations with families and medical staff
  • Individualized, on-site accommodations
  • In-car vaccine option available
Research Participants Needed
The following research studies are recruiting participants:
Researchers Looking for BCBAs to Take a Brief Survey
Monmouth University is conducting research to determine the way in which BCBAs are utilized in NJ schools, how they allocate their time, and the challenges they face within their position.

Autism and Food Selectivity Research Study
Researchers are Kean University are conducting research on providing treatment to individuals with autism and food selectivity.

Research Study Seeks Adults With Autism With Limited or No Spoken Language
Researchers at Rowan University's Social, Emotional, & Affective Health Lab are conducting research to learn more about mood in minimally verbal or nonverbal adults.

Research Study for Adults With Autism Experiencing Low Mood or Depression
Researchers are Rutgers University are seeking participants for a 12-week mental health treatment.

SPARK Aims to Make New Discoveries and Advance Understanding of Autism
Join researchers at Children's Specialized Hospital and over 30 of the nation’s leading medical schools and autism research centers for the largest autism research study in the United States.
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