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Hanover Township Welcomes Independence 360

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HANOVER TOWNSHIP, NJ - Spectrum 360 is a not-for-profit organization serving children, adolescents, young adults and adults on the autism spectrum and with related developmental and behavioral disabilities. Today, local government officials, board members, business owners, friends and families gathered to celebrate the opening of Independence 360, a full time program for adults focusing on life skill, vocational skills and job support, fully certified by the Division of Developmental Disabilities and the Division of Vocational and Rehabilitation of New Jersey.

Executive Director and Superintendent of Spectrum 360, Bruce Ettinger, was master of ceremonies welcoming Senator Richard Codey, Assemblywoman Betty Lou Decroce, Assemblyman Thomas Giblin, Assemblyman Kevin Rooney, and Mayor of Hanover Township, Ron Francioli. They each shared a personal story of their experience with autism and developmental disabilities in their own lives and addressed the need for programs such as Independence 360 in the community.

Guests in attendance also heard from client, Lineau Portugal, who shared his experience in the program and Helen Polise a parent of an Independece 360 client.

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Invited guest and speaker on behalf of Autism New Jersey, Brynn Alberici, reminded, “Adult services are of critical importance. We are thrilled to celebrate the expansion of Spectrum 360.”

Ettinger highlighted the tenants of the program, safety, happiness and learning, and said, “We are all about abilities.10 years ago the first campus opened in Verona, four years ago, the program moved to Livingston and expanded, adding  high school, young adult and adult programs. Today we have a DDD and DVR certified facility right here in Hanover Township

For more information on Spectrum 360 and Independence 360 visit Spectrum360.org

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