Autism Foundation of NJ, Inc.c/o Richards Group PC
312 Springfield Avenue, Suite 203
Berkeley Heights, NJ 07922
Telephone: 862-246-6350Email: Info@AutismFoundationNJ.org
Mission StatementThe purpose of the Autism Foundation of NJ is to provide supplementary resources to students with autism to ensure that they are provided with comprehensive, quality educational programming, which will enable them to reach their maximum potential and become independent, productive members of society.
DLC AquariumThe Autism Foundation of New Jersey, Inc. very generously donated all of the funds needed to build a beautiful 118 inch, 500 gallon saltwater aquarium filled with 40 – 50 amazing fish of all kinds, colorful coral, and live rocks at the Morris-Union Jointure Commission’s DLC - New Providence.Our students will learn from and be calmed by the beautiful fish, rock formations, and ecosystem and the DLC will also use this phenomenal aquarium as a way to “bring the outside world into the DLC.” Not only will the aquarium be enjoyed daily by our students, parents, and staff at the DLC, but it will also serve as the welcoming beacon to the DLC for students with or without disabilities in all of the surrounding school districts, as well as senior citizen groups, adults with developmental disabilities, and community organizations. The aquarium will be a venue through which individuals and groups will be invited into the school, and our DLC students will serve as welcoming ambassadors, which will provide our DLC students with the opportunity to interact with individuals of all ages and to share their knowledge with these visitors and, perhaps, forge lasting friendships for our students.In addition to being greeted by the lively, dazzling fish as the DLC students enter the school building each morning and watching as the fish are fed daily, students also visit the main lobby to see the aquarium as a special treat. The excitement and amazement on the students’ faces as they watch the fish in their beautiful aquarium is priceless! Weekly “Fun Facts about Fish” lessons are also being offered for DLC staff to learn interesting information about the saltwater fish to then share with their students.Please view the photos below of the amazing DLC - New Providence saltwater aquarium and, if you are in the area and would like to visit the aquarium, please contact Andrea Marmolejos, principal, via telephone at (908) 508-1345, Ext. 2216 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a visit.
Over 21 ProgramDue to the generosity of the Autism Foundation of NJ, Our House, Inc. is renting space at the Morris-Union Jointure Commission's Developmental Learning Center - New Providence for an over 21 program for adults with autism. The adults in this program have programs tailored to their needs which feature life skills, recreation, and volunteer services to the community. The Autism Foundation of NJ has donated the funding to renovate the classroom space for this program and has designed a state of the art facility for adults with autism. Through the generosity of the Autism Foundation of NJ, Our House, Inc. will be able to expand its over 21 services to approximately 20 clients at the New Providence location.
iPads Donated to MUJC for Student UseThe Autism Foundation of New Jersey donated 30 iPads to the Morris-Union Jointure Commission for use in their Developmental Learning Centers.
The iPads offer an opportunity to enhance student's learning with direct and effective use of a highly interactive technology tool. The Morris-Union Jointure Commission DLCs' students require tactile, visual, and auditory experiences. Practice and repetition with reading, language, and math concepts, all part of DLC curriculum, is critical for the goal of preparing students to become active members of their communities and live and work in supported or independent environments. Use of the iPads will motivate students to practice new concepts and enhance their ability to communicate thoughts and learn new concepts. The Apps written for students with autism include immediate feedback that motivates either correction of mistakes or moving forward to new learning opportunities.