The community is invited to walk with ECLC of New Jersey's students, adult clients, alumni, families, staff and friends and show their support for special needs on Sunday, Oct. 21! Registration is open now.

Every step will raise much-needed funds for the ECLC Foundation. Without extra dollars from the Foundation, ECLC could not offer weekend, overnight respites, after-school programs and trips for students at the Chatham and Ho-Ho-Kus schools or continue to grow adult employment services and day programs.

ECLC is a nonprofit providing "Education, Careers & Lifelong Community" to more than 800 children and adults with lifelong challenges, including autism, Down syndrome and other developmental disabilities. The organization needs community support to make this Walkathon a big success.

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Residents can get involved by signing up to walk; starting or joining a team; inviting friend; raising donations; becoming a sponsor, or volunteering to help that day! Sponsorship begin at $200 up to $5,000. Local businesses and organizations are invited to set up a promotional table for a nominal fee of $100.

The Walkathon starts with check-in at 9:30 a.m., followed by an opening ceremony at 10:30 a.m. and then a brisk, one-mile loop through beautiful Brookdale Park, Bloomfield/Montclair.

Interested residents can register online. If you have questions or want to be a sponsor or have a table at the vendor fair, contact ECLC Foundation Director, Heather Alonge (973-601-5117), or email to Heather Alonge

About ECLC of New Jersey

ECLC serves more than 800 children and adults from 11 counties and 70 municipalities who have special needs, including autism, Down syndrome and multiple disabilities.

ECLC is an accredited, nonprofit with two private schools in Chatham and Ho-Ho-Kus, educating 265 students, and offering adult programs and services.

At ECLC, all students graduate with a clear plan for their future. ECLC offers employment services through an affiliate, Community Personnel Services (CPS). Specialists from CPS help adults with disabilities find jobs in their communities and provide ongoing support and advocacy in the workplace. Graduates who are not ready for the workplace can enter the P.R.I.D.E. Adult Program, with centers in Florham Park and Paramus. About 180 adults are enrolled in the P.R.I.D.E. Program, which is exclusively for ECLC’s graduates. Adults in P.R.I.D.E. spend meaningful days continuing to learn and grow throughout adulthood. Learn more about ECLC.