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!

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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…

Autism Awareness Events in NJ

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Walk for a Difference

Saturday, April 23, 2016: Bring your family and friends to one of the best autism events in New Jersey. We will have food, entertainment, an autism resource fair and lots of surprises! Info

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Bowling for Autism

Sunday, April 24, 2016: Check out our Pledge Sheet! Please Help Us Raise Money! Consider Supporting a Bowler! Call us! 877-886-9462

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Brady Rymer & The Little Band That Could

Sunday, May 1, 2016: “Love Me For Who I Am” – Autism-Friendly Performance! Join two-time Grammy Award nominee Brady Rymer and his band for a rockin’ and rollin’ show featuring songs that celebrate children of …

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Sensory Friendly Theatre Series: NJ Ballet's Sleeping Beauty

Sunday, May 1, 2016: This production is presented as part of the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders’ Sensory Friendly Theatre (SFT) series – live performances specially designed and adapted for children with autism …

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Open Arms 2016

Sunday, May 15, 2016: We invite you and your family to a relaxing night of exploration and fun at the museum. Meet other familes with Children on the Autism Spectrum. Call us at (856)424-1233.

Pedal for the Puzzle

Saturday, May 21, 2016: Pedal for the Puzzle is an annual charity bike ride that brings people together to raise funds and awareness for autism. The donations we gather from riders and non-riders alike …

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Autism Speaks Walk

Sunday, May 22, 2016: Walk with us and help raise funds to support vital research and top-quality programs that are changing the future for those who struggle with autism. 11:00am - Check-in, Activities & Community …

Ride for Autism

Ride for Autism

Saturday, June 11, 2016: The Ride for Autism is a one-day charity bicycle tour designed to raise funds for Autism NJ and also to raise community awareness about autism. Open to all levels of …


Hark! The Medieval Family Fair

Saturday, August 13, 2016: Eternal Pizza Party Production Inc. presents Hark! a medieval family LARP festival that benefits Autism New Jersey. Silent Basket Auction, A Big Theatrical Sword Battle, Face painting! And so much more! Info


Stratford 5K run / 2M walk

Monday, October 24, 2016: Stratford's 5K run / 2M walk - race starting at 9:00 am. Stick around after the race and enjoy Stratford’s 8th annual Fall Festival with live music, animal shows, crafters, …

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Open Arms 2016

Sunday, November 13, 2016: You and your family are invited to a relaxing night of exploration and fun at the museum! Meet other families with Children on the Autism Spectrum. Info



Saturday, May 6, 2017: Roxey Ballet is proud to offer a relaxed, sensory-friendly performance of the fairytale classic Cinderella for children and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder and other sensitivity issues or special needs. …


Workshop for Parents Raising a Child with ASD

Wednesday, August 16, 2017: Be your child's advocate. Maximize your child's potential. Make the most of the limited time after school. Raise your child with ASD to be as independent and productive as he …


Free Fun Event for Children with Autism and their Siblings!

Sunday, August 20, 2017: Proud Moments of North Jersey is sponsoring a Free fun event for children with autism and their siblings! This event will take place in an autism friendly environment where children …

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Autism Speaks Walk 2017

Sunday, September 24, 2017: The strength as a community is powered by love and built on the commitment of individuals like you. Start a team, join a team or come on your own. Walk …

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Meadows Miler 10K/5K/Fun Run

Saturday, November 4, 2017: Serious runners and novices alike are welcome! Proceeds benefit autism programs at Princeton Child Development Institute. This race is sanctioned by USA Track & Field and will take place in …

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Sensory-Friendly Santa 2017

Sunday, November 19, 2017: Ocean County Mall provides children with special needs and their families with an opportunity to enjoy the time-honored holiday tradition of meeting Santa through a sensory-friendly Caring Santa event in …

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Transition to Adult Services

Wednesday, January 17, 2018: A free workshop for parents, guardians, special education teachers and support teams. This workshop will discuss parents' rights and school obligations under the IDEA's transition requirements and describe government services …

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Mike's Seafood Polar Bear Run/ Walk for Autism

Sunday, February 18, 2018: Join over 2,000 participants at Mike's Seafood Run/Walk for Autism. There is a 5K Run and 1 Mile Family Fun Walk. After the Run/Walk join in the heated tent at …

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Open Arms

Sunday, February 18, 2018: You and your family are invited to a relaxing night of exploration and fun! Meet other families with children of the autism spectrum and have the opportunity to socialize in …

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World Autism Awareness Day Walk/Run

Sunday, May 6, 2018: The tenth annual World Autism Awareness Day is this year! Join the walk/ run benefiting Autism New Jersey at John P. Stevens High School in Edison from 9:00am-12:00pm! This is …


MyGOAL goes to the Autism Beach Bash

Sunday, September 9, 2018: The Beach Bash is an annual event hosted by Autism Family Services of NJ for individuals and their families living with autism spectrum disorders. Organized activities, DJ, arts and crafts …

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1st Annual Sensory Walk and Festival at Whittemore

Saturday, October 6, 2018: The fun family day event begins with the sensory-friendly Eyes on Autism Walk. Come enjoy music, food, vendors, Black River Roasters coffee, and so much more! Info

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