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Autism is a developmental brain disorder which causes impairments in a person’s ability to communicate, socially interact, and results in repetitive and unusual behaviors.

About 1 in 68 children has been identified with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) according to estimates from CDC's Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring (ADDM) Network. ASD is reported to occur in ALL racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic groups.

To those unfamiliar with autism, it is, from a clinical perspective, a neurological difference in how the brain is “wired”. There is no single known cause, though theories abound and current research is focused upon genetic and environmental factors. (As recently as 1997, a nursing textbook was proffering the ancient stereotype that indifferent, “refrigerator” mothers were accountable for their children’s autistic disassociation!) Autism primarily affects one’s ability to communicate in ways that are effective, reliable, and universally understandable. This means many folks do not speak, or they have limited vocal ability. These obstacles impede one’s expressions of wants, needs, thoughts and desires. This cannot help but impact the quality of one’s social interactions. The challenge to sustain social relationships is another hallmark of autistic diagnosis.

Autism is also diagnosed by marked differences in fine and gross motor skills. These may include repetitive activities such as physically rocking back and forth, twirling a piece of string, flicking a light switch on and off repeatedly, or simply lacking in grace and agility of movement. (Some with autism have complained that certain physical traits are not of their volition, akin to a prolonged, involuntary shiver, sneeze, or twitch.)

Autism is a lifelong experience, and is neither contagious nor curable. It is, quite simply, a natural part of someone’s being, every bit as much as eye or hair color, flesh pigmentation, and ancestral heritage–as unique and individual as each individual is unique. It manifests itself on a broad, multicolored spectrum that stretches from those who “appear” to be significantly challenged to those with very mild experiences…

"The bottom line is, the support and knowledge we gained from belonging to Faces4Autism, helped us in assisting our daughter become the AMAZING success story of perseverance she has become."

                                                    --------- Michael Presti, Owner, Neue Regel Radio

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“FACES 4 Autism supports children, teens and adults on the autism spectrum and those who love them. FACES provides autism education and resources to families and educators in the South Jersey area. We are dedicated to improving the lives of individuals on the spectrum through social opportunities and programs that will foster self advocacy, independence and dignity.” FACES 4 Autism is a non-profit organization dedicated to education and support of children with Autism and their families.

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