Ridgewood Park opens with playground for children with special needs

Ridgewood Park opens with playground for children with special needs

NEWARK, NJ — Mayor Ras J. Baraka; South Ward Council Member Patrick Council; Recreation, Cultural Affairs and Senior Services Director Donnell Redding; and Nassan’s Place President Nadine Wright-Arbubakrr cut the ribbon to open Ridgewood Park on July 11. The park is located at 189-193 Ridgewood Ave. in the South Ward of Newark. “Creating inclusive outdoor […]

Tyson School in East Orange hosts autism awareness luncheon

Tyson School in East Orange hosts autism awareness luncheon

EAST ORANGE, NJ — Hosting its first-ever autism awareness luncheon, the Cicely L. Tyson Community School of Performing & Fine Arts pulled out all the stops. “I wanted to ensure that the students with autism at Tyson and their families understood that we are supporting their journey 100 percent,” literacy arts coach Fay Carr, who […]

Fit for Autism amazes spectators in Belleville while raising money for a good cause

Fit for Autism amazes spectators in Belleville while raising money for a good cause

BELLEVILLE, NJ — Fit for Autism, an event created by Victor Martinez in 2007, was held on April 30 at Signature Fitness in Belleville. The event raised $5,000 for Autism Speaks, a nonprofit organization that promotes autism advocacy and research. Signature Fitness, a community gym focused on group fitness classes, has held the event for […]

West Orange High School hosts ‘Move the Spectrum’ event

West Orange High School hosts ‘Move the Spectrum’ event

WEST ORANGE, NJ — West Orange High School students and staff enjoyed an exciting array of activities designed to engage their senses at the “Move the Spectrum” event in Suriano Stadium on May 13. “West Orange High School physical education teacher Chuck Mound decided to create the event after WOHS students were unable to attend […]

South Orange PD supports autism awareness with patches

South Orange PD supports autism awareness with patches

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — The South Orange Police PBA and SOA Local 12 is supporting autism awareness by selling limited-edition police autism patches to help benefit Nassan’s Place, a local nonprofit organization that works to help make a difference in the lives of children and families affected by autism in and around underserved communities by […]

West Orange native authors children’s book on autism

West Orange native authors children’s book on autism

CALDWELL, NJ — Melissa Brady Petrillo first started noticing that few children’s books had characters with disabilities when she was in her undergraduate children’s literature class taught by Trish Verrrone at Caldwell University.  “Right away I wanted to do more research,” Petrillo said.  She did an evaluative study and realized there was a lack of […]

Light It Up Blue for autism awareness in Nutley

Light It Up Blue for autism awareness in Nutley

NUTLEY, NJ — Join Autism Speaks in celebrating World Autism Awareness Day on Thursday, April 2, and “Light It Up Blue” to help shine a light on autism. Whether it’s your front porch or your local business, an office party or a banquet, the whole world is going blue to increase awareness about autism. Autism […]

JFS coordinator receives award

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — Maggie Drew, coordinator of Services for Individuals with Disabilities at JFS MetroWest, received the Outstanding Spectrum 360 Support Coordinator Award on Thursday, June 14. Drew oversees the JFS Support Coordination program, which provides case management services to individuals eligible through the NJ Division of Developmental Disabilities. Drew and her staff work […]

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