Everyone deserves a place in the community, which is a fight that members of the Hoboken and Jersey City neighborhoods are willing to fight. And having a good time while supporting a great cause is something that anyone can get behind! This year’s 6th Annual Autism Acceptance Event is just that and will take place on Thursday, September 9th at the Newark Avenue Pedestrian Plaza in Jersey City at 6PM. The event supports The Whole Spectrum, a nonprofit founded by Sherry Singh in 2016 with the purpose of raising awareness, acceptance, and advocacy for all individuals with autism spectrum disorders. Keep reading to learn more about the non-profit, its founder, and the upcoming annual event in Jersey City.
The Whole Spectrum: Rallying Community Support
Singh says the best part of running operations for The Whole Spectrum (TWS) is making more connections in the community, whether it’s reaching more families with a member on the spectrum, people looking to collaborate for events, or businesses willing to provide sponsorships.
“We are committed to building a network of resources and supplemental programs to provide socialization, recreation, and moral support for these individuals, their families, and caregivers,” Singh said. “With a whole spectrum of support, our goal is to normalize autism acceptance for the betterment of society and future generations.”
As a nonprofit, everyone’s support matters, and promoting acceptance matters.
“Many don’t understand the challenges Autism families face until it affects their own family or loved ones. What makes this job rewarding is making a difference in other people’s lives, educating others, and addressing the growing needs of children and adults living with autism,” Singh told Hoboken Girl. “The organization is growing thanks to Rachel Sieg from the Jersey City HDSID, Melanie Rudin and Jennifer King from MiT Communications, and Nicole Talavera, the administrator for TWS.”
What sets Singh apart from other non-profit organizations is her personal life experience.“My son, Ravi, was diagnosed with autism at the age of 4 and is 36 years old today. I know what it’s like to feel like you have nowhere to turn for help with your child, especially when they age out of existing programs.”
The Annual Autism Acceptance Event
Every year The Whole Spectrum holds an event with food, music, and drinks to raise awareness about autism within the local community.“We host an annual Autism Acceptance Event, our biggest fundraiser and highlight of every year. It’s a wonderful occasion for our Autism community and offers numerous opportunities for business, government, healthcare, and overall community involvement. Anyone can attend by purchasing a ticket,” Singh mentioned.
This year, the event will take place on September 9th at the Newark Avenue Pedestrian Mall in Jersey City. The event will run from 6PM to 10PM. The Ashford will provide catering for the evening and tickets start at $100 with all proceeds going to The Whole Spectrum Foundation. There are sponsorship opportunities available from $1,000 to $5,000 packages.
The event will take place rain or shine. Outdoor tents will be set up for social distancing and hand-sanitizing stations will be available throughout the event. Face masks/coverings are required for entry and all guests are encouraged to wear them unless eating/drinking.
Between fundraisers, annual events, and other community events, Singh says nothing would be possible without the support of the community.
“What I love most about Jersey City is the community and its diversity. I have been part of Jersey City for most of my life, having lived here and still operating my own business downtown. We have people from all different cultures and all walks of life. It means so much when we can all come together to support a great cause. The City of Jersey City has also been very supportive.”
Don’t forget to attend this year’s 6th Annual Autism Acceptance Event which is scheduled for September 9th on the Newark Avenue Pedestrian in Jersey City. Tickets start at $100 with all proceeds going to The Whole Spectrum Foundation and sponsorship opportunities are available from $1,000 to $5,000 packages.