Autism Awareness Month is a great time to learn more about, and support, autism events and resources. Here at Best of NJ, we’ve put together a number of great guides to local events and important informational centers so that interested residents of the Garden State can have access to all the knowledge they need. Below you’ll find a roundup of all our Autism Awareness (and as a bonus, other special needs) content.

We’ll continuous update this page with new features, as well as content updates to previous favorites, so be sure to visit back often for additional listings. Let’s celebrate Autism Awareness together!


Autism Awareness Features


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Autism Resources for NJ Families

A recent study by the CDC suggests that 1 in every 45 people in New Jersey have been diagnosed with autism, compared to the national average of 1 in 68 people. Behind these epidemic numbers are many New Jersey families who are affected by autism. National Autism Awareness Month is celebrated in NJ and across the country every April…

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Must-Read Books Featuring Characters with Autism

If readers meet characters with autism spectrum disorder in fictional stories, they’ll come away with a greater understanding of ASD, and of the people who live with it. “The hope is that getting characters with spectrum or developmental disabilities into popular culture will demystify them.” said author Cammie McGovern…

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Autism Awareness Events for NJ Families

During the month of April, The Autism Society celebrates National Autism Awareness Month in their nationwide effort to promote autism awareness, inclusion, and self-determination for all, and assure that each person with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is provided the opportunity to achieve the highest possible quality of life…

Special Needs Features


Autism Awareness NJ: Somerset Hills

Somerset Hills Learning Institute Launches Center for Career Advancement

More than 3.5 million Americans have an autism spectrum disorder and every year 50,000 people with autism enter adulthood. Even if a young adult with autism is capable of having a job, employment opportunities for those with disabilities can be few and far between. Recent studies put the unemployment rate for individuals with autism at an astounding 80%. But hope is on the horizon in New Jersey…

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Finding the Perfect Camp for Your Special Needs Child

Children with special needs are a diverse population that includes kids with a broad range of abilities and challenges such as physical-care needs, speech defects, behavioral deficits and learning disabilities. All of these children have opportunities to thrive at a wide range of summer camps in New Jersey…

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9 NJ Sensory Gyms to Explore with your Child

If you feel your little one is not reaching expected milestones, or have concerns about his or her development, your child’s pediatrician may recommend assistance from programs such as Early Intervention, which provides support for children under three years of age. Via Early Intervention, babies and toddlers learn basic and new skills…

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Learning to Live with Aphasia

Imagine waking up unable to speak. You couldn’t read or write — and had trouble listening. You couldn’t even tell your family you loved them. This is what it’s like having aphasia, a language disorder usually caused by a stroke. This happened to Rebecca Iovino, a married mom of two from New Jersey…


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