Autism, a pervasive developmental disorder that manifests itself and affects the social, learning, and behavioral skills of those affected by it, is currently estimated to affect 1 in 68 children nationally. In fact, rates are highest in New Jersey where the diagnosis rate for a child with an Autism Spectrum Disorder rose to 1 in 34
Autism is said to affect boys four and a half times more than girls and knows no racial, ethnic or social boundaries. Neither income, lifestyle, nor education has an effect on autism occurences.
Those with autism need equal access to education, employment opportunities, community-based housing, family services, coaching and support, and medical treatment. Thankfully, many state-wide and community organizations and individuals help
Autism New Jersey, Autism Speaks, Hillsborough Board of Education’s Special Services Department, Hillsborough Department of Parks & Recreation, Hillsborough Police Department, Hillsborough Rotary Club, Hillsborough UNICO, Hillsborough Volunteer Fire Companies No.1, No.2, and No.3, Legend Equestrian, Mission Cognition, Neshanic Fire Company, Norz Hill Farm, Organization for Autism Research (OAR), Office of Emergency Management (OEM), Somerset County Sheriff’s Office Project Life Saver, Somerset County Special Olympics and Somerset County Therapeutic Recreation are some of the participating organizations.
The Hillsborough Township Committee is proud to declare April as National Autism Awareness Month and vows to continue to support programs dedicated to Hillsborough’s special needs community.