Autism Awareness Month
Traditionally, April 2nd has become an international day to celebrate National Autism Awareness Day as well as Autism Awareness Month. Autism Speaks, one of the largest autism awareness organizations, along with hundreds of thousands of people, communities and organizations from all over the world come together one day a year to bring Autism Awareness to the headlines in a campaign now recognized as "Light It Up Blue".
Autism, a pervasive developmental disorder, a neurological disorder that impairs social and communicative development that is generally characterized by compulsive or ritualistic behavior, sensory and motor abnormalities, speech impediment, and possibly self-injury.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) released a report showing 1 in 68 children nationally has an Sutism Spectrum Disorder, with 1 in 45 in New Jersey. The national rate marks an increase of 30% from the previous 1 in 68 statistic. As you spread awareness, be sure to let people know about the new numbers. To learn more about autism, visit any of the below links.
Join our Town-wide "Light it Up Blue" for World Autism Awareness Day.
How to participate:
- Download or pick up your "Selfie Sign" in your language. Once you take your selfie with your sign make sure to post your photos on Facebook and/or Instagram with the hashtag #LightItUpBlueUnion to be a part of the global autism awareness movement!
- Join Union, Union Center merchants and landmarks around the globe by lighting it up blue! Join us and light your home or business BLUE! A limited amount of FREE bulbs are currently available through the Township Recreation Department (908-686-4200)
Join the Americans with Disabilities Act Committee and the Township of Union for a night of awareness, music ans great food at our 2nd Annual Jazz'd Up For Autism Fundraiser on April 23rd at O Lagar Restaurant, located at 1252 Stuyvesant Ave.
Tickets are $30 with $5 going back to the Children's Specialized Hospital in Mountainside. Tickets can only be purchased at O Lagar Restaurant!
There will be a presentation by Adrienne Robertiello, Children Specialized Hospital Autism Educator.
Band is TBA.
Thank you to everyone that joined Committeewoman Michele Delisfort and the ADA Committee raise over $600 and bring more awareness to Special Olympics by participating in the Lincoln Tunnel 5K Challenge this year.