2013 Autism Scholarship Program
To be eligible, candidates must currently be a New Jersey high school senior, have an established diagnosis of Autism, Asperger’s syndrome, or PDD-NOS and plan on pursuing a post-secondary education at a college, university, technical, trade, or vocational school level. Academic achievement, meaningful community volunteerism, participation in extra-curricular activities and financial needs will all be considered when choosing a recipient for this scholarship, so s/he need not be near the top of their class to be considered. All who are eligible are encouraged to apply.
Congratulations to the 2013 AFSNJ Scholarship winners!
Each winner will received $1,000 to help fund their college education.
- Jacob Baker of Mount Ephraim is the recipient of the SEED (Supporting Education, Encouraging Dreams) scholarship funded by FRN Board member Gayle Holtzman. Jacob attends Audubon High School and will be attending Rutgers in the fall.
- Timothy Gysin of Waldwick will also be receiving an AFSNJ scholarship. Timothy attends Don Bosco Prep School and will be going to William Paterson University in the fall.
2012 Scholarship Winner – Jamie Lista of Glassboro, NJ
2011 Scholarship Winner – Andrew Swanson of Haddon Heights, NJ
After School Institute (yoga, music and art)
The Family Resource Network is proud to announce the start of the After School Institute at the Toms River School Intermediate East. School aged children with intellectual & developmental disabilities and their sibling will be offered a new creative and social outlet through Yoga, Music, and Art Therapy. The courses will run for four week sessions monthly. Fees do apply.
The Music sessions will specifically teach keyboarding using a visual method that allows for quick learning of songs, while the Art Therapy sessions will be focused on creating “usable art” such as stationary and clothing items that participants will be able to take home with them.
View flyer for dates and descriptions!
Please contact Lauren McAllister at (732) 262-8020 or LMcAllister@familyresourcenetwork.org for more information.
Health and fitness opportunities through Get FIT
The Get FIT movement aims to create health and fitness opportunities through overcoming perceived barriers for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and caregivers. Get FIT strives to increase the capacity of health and wellness services, thereby giving all individuals the opportunity to make lifestyle changes to reach their health goals and to increase their quality of life. For more information, visit www.getfitnj.org.
Kidz Connect is an after school care program which helps participating families find, pay or create after school care for their child, under age 18, with a disability. This can include helping a family to access an existing after school care program, hiring an aide to come to the home or other type of after school support.
Twana Corner, KIDZ Connect Coordinator, Ph: (973) 244-0850
Essex, Mercer, Middlesex, Hunterdon, Morris, Somerset, Union, Warren
KIDZ Connect Coordinator, Ph: (856) 858-5900
Camden, Cape May, Mercer, Middlesex, Hunterdon, Salem
Kidz Connect 2
KIDZ Connect 2 helps school-age children with intellectual & developmental disabilities successfully integrate with their peers in existing after school programs. Free training & follow up support is provided to all after school staff within the program, along with a stipend paid to the after school program to help offset any additional costs that may arise when working with a student with disabilities.
Monmouth, Ocean, Mercer, Middlesex & Hunterdon
Lauren McAllister , Ph: 732-262-8020
Kidz Korner after school programs provide quality care to children from 6-13 years of age. Children with autism and multiple disabilities develop their social, recreational, and leisure skills in a safe and nurturing environment with activities tailored to meet their individualized developmental level. The Shore Area Office coordinates three Kidz Korner sites in the Lower Central Region located in Bayville, Toms River, and Edison.
Funding for the Kidz Korner sites is through the Division of Developmental Disabilities. Applicants currently deemed eligible by DDD should contact their Case Manager to request a referral. New applicants should contact the DDD Intake Screener at 732.863.4500 or 1.609.292.4500 to establish eligibility.
Essex, Middlesex, Ocean
Cyndee Smith, Ph: (732) 262-8020
Camp Nova, one-week overnight camp for young adults ages 15-28
Bounce Out the Stigma Basketball Camp, one week basketball camp in partnership with “Mighty Mike” Simmel