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Posted on: April 1, 2017

[ARCHIVED] East Orange Recognizes Autism Awareness Month with the Expansion of Autistic Programming


April 1, 2017, East Orange, NJ: The City of East Orange is proud to partner again with local non-profit Nassan’s Place to observe National Autism Awareness Month in April with the 4th Annual Nassan’s 5K Walk for Autism on Sat, April 22 and the introduction of a new Autistic Friendly After School Program, April 17-June 21.

Under the administration of Mayor Lester E. Taylor III, the Department of Recreation & Cultural Affairs has worked closely with Nassan’s Place and its Founder Nadine Wright-Arbubakrr to provide and expand quality programming and services for East Orange-area children and families affected by Autism.

“Autism is the fastest-growing serious developmental disability in the U.S. and New Jersey has the highest incidence of Autism with 1 in 45 children diagnosed,” said Mayor Taylor. “As a city, we strive for inclusion in all of our programming. Under the leadership of Director Osner Charles, his team and the dedicated members and volunteers of Nassan’s Place, East Orange is helping to fill a void among this historically under-served population by providing year-round educational and recreational programs, resources, and enrichment opportunities.”

The city's efforts were recognized in March when the New Jersey Park and Recreation Association honored the city with its  “Excellence in Programming” Award for its Autism Water Safety Program, which is one of the first of its kind run by a municipality in the state. 

Upcoming Programs and Events

Autistic Friendly After-School Program For Ages 3-21 April 17-June 21 from 2:45pm-6pm                                                                                                                                                               STEM Academy, 129 Renshaw Ave in East Orange

The program, which will cost $85 per week and run Mon- Fri until June 21, will offer structured, three-hour sessions including homework help, sensory-friendly activities, and refreshments under the guidance of compassionate, trained professionals.

4th Annual Nassan’s 5k Walk for Autism  Saturday, April 22 at 10am                                                                                                                                                                                                              Elmwood Park, Elmwood Ave and Oak St, in East Orange

The annual event, which will feature guest MC Debbie DuHaime of ABC 7 NY Eyewitness News, will include healthy snacks, music, face painting, community resources, giveaways and more. To register, visit or call 973-424-7781.

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