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The 2020 Autism Acceptance Special Event in Jersey City

by Victoria Marie Moyeno
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There is more than one type of Autism {ASD}, in fact, there are many subtypes. Each individual on the spectrum is unique, in that they have their own set of characteristics. To celebrate these differences and people on the spectrum, the City of Jersey City is once again hosting a fundraising event to support the Whole Spectrum Foundation and raise awareness around Autism.

“Because autism is a spectrum disorder, each person with autism has a distinct set of strengths and challenges. The ways in which people with autism learn to think and problem-solve can range from highly skilled to severely challenged. Some people with ASD may require significant support in their daily lives, while others may need less support and, in some cases, live entirely independently,” according to autismspeaks.org.

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The Special Event

Great news — you can socially distance while supporting a great cause! The Autism Acceptance Special Event, sponsored by The Whole Spectrum Autism Foundation, Smile Preschool, and Nursery/Sherry Singh and JCFamilies returns this year on September 17th, 2020 from 6-10:00 PM, located at 286 1st Street in Jersey City outdoors.

Last year’s event was held in The Ashford located in Jersey City. Due to COVID-19 regulations, this year’s event will be held outdoors, under a tent with passed Hors d’oeuvres, drinks, and raffles.

The Whole Spectrum Autism Foundation is a New Jersey nonprofit organization that promotes Autism acceptance, encourages community inclusion, and advocates for families seeking help with their children, especially adults who have aged out of existing schools and programs.

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About The Whole Spectrum Foundation

“Autism is the fastest-growing developmental disability in the United States affecting 1 in 59 children and 1 in 45 school-age children. Based on studies by Rutgers University, New Jersey has the highest autism rate in the US and it continues to increase faster than any other state. Although these numbers steadily rise, the development of specialized enrichment programs does not. We are here to create them,” it states on the foundation’s website.

The Whole Spectrum Foundation is built on the philosophy that Autism does not and should not define the lives of anyone on the spectrum and that we should all make an effort to treat everyone with compassion and work together for a more inclusive world.

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Their mission is to “Change the stigmas of individuals on the autism spectrum. We are committed to educating others about their complex nature and how to recognize key behavioral traits. We want to build a network of providers to guide parents as their child develops and advocate for the services they need. We will collaborate with schools and businesses to provide social opportunities that encourage inclusion and help boost the confidence of parents and families who are fearful of how their child may react to various environments.”

Purchase your tickets for the event online here.

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