EDISON — On Monday, April 4, Edison Township’s Mayor Antonia Ricigliano will recognize National Autism Awareness Month and issue an Autism Awareness Month Proclamation declaring the township’s participation in this important initiative. Each April, Autism Awareness Month educates the public about Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs). Families are invited to attend the ceremony on Monday April 4 at 6:30 p.m. in council chambers.
According to Autism New Jersey, a nonprofit group, which supports families and professionals who work with children and adults with these developmental disabilities, an estimated 92,000 individuals in New Jersey face challenges with ASD. In New Jersey, 1 in 94 children will be affected whereas the national rate is 1 in 110 children.
ASD manifests as impaired communication or cognitive skills, repetitive behaviors, and social deficits, with any combination of these symptoms ranging from mild to severe. It has no known cause or cure and affects children of all racial, ethnic, and social groups. Children who are diagnosed at an early age benefit substantially from early, intensive intervention programs.
By acknowledging April as Autism Awareness Month, Edison Township seeks to raise awareness and show support for the autism community and their families.
For further information, contact AUTISM NEW JERSEY at 1-800-4-AUTISM or visit www.autismnj.org; ASPEN (www.aspennj.org) 732-321-0880, an organization founded by Edison resident Lori Shery; EDISON PUBLIC LIBRARY SYSTEM http://www.lmxac.org/edisonlib/ for resources and welcoming spaces for the autism community and their families; and search for PEACHNJ (Parents of Edison’s Autistic Children) on Yahoo groups or email firstname.lastname@example.org to join this online support group for parents and caregivers of children with ASD in the Edison area.
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