ORANGE, NJ - April is World Autism (ASD) Month; and in keeping with the theme of the month, the City of Orange is hosting an Easter Egg Hunt for children with Autism as well as other disabilities. The Easter Egg Hunt will be held Saturday April 8th at the Orange Public Library 348 Main Street Orange, NJ.

The ‘hunt’ is sponsored by the City of Orange Township, South Ward Councilwoman Jamie Summers-Johnson and Polaris LLC.

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a complex developmental disability that affects individuals differently and to varying degrees. Some of the behaviors associated with autism include delayed learning of language; difficulty making eye contact or holding a conversation; difficulty with executive functioning, which relates to reasoning and planning; narrow, intense interests; poor motor skills’ and sensory sensitivities.

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In 2016, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued their ADDM autism prevalence report. The report concluded that the prevalence of autism had risen to 1 in every 68 births in the United States – nearly twice as great as the 2004 rate of 1 in 125 – and almost 1 in 54 boys. 

Nearly a quarter century ago, the Autism Society launched a nationwide effort to promote autism awareness, inclusion and self-determination for all, and assure that each person with ASD is provided the opportunity to achieve the highest possible quality of life.