EAST ORANGE, NJ -The City of East Orange is collaborating with Nassan’s Place and Panasonic to offer a Sensory-Friendly Photography Workshop for children affected by Autism. The workshop will allow participants to tap into their creative side, enjoy the outdoors and enhance their fine motor skills.

The photography workshop, which will be held on Monday, August 17, 2015 at 11am, in Elmwood Park, Oak and Elmwood Avenues, East Orange, is the first time that East Orange, Panasonic and Nassan’s Place have partnered to offer such a program.

Kimberly Lehmann and Dan Unger of Panasonic will be conducting the program. Photos from that day will be submitted to the Panasonic-sponsored “Get To Know” Nature Photo contest and featured in an online New Jersey Gallery. The international contest showcases photographs from all over the world, including British Columbia, Baltimore, Canada, California and Georgia.

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“I am excited to connect our children with this wonderful opportunity,” said Nadine Wright-Arbubakrr, President of Nassan’s Place. “Being able to offer a variety of sensory-friendly activities for our children with Autism is one of our top priorities. I am especially grateful to the City of East Orange for partnering with Nassan’s Place to help us reach our goal.”

Nassan’s Place, based in East Orange, offers accessible and affordable educational and recreational programs to help enhance sensory, fine motor and social skills for children in the urban communities of Essex County affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) reach their full potential and ability to become more independent and successful in our community.

“The City of East Orange strives to provide inclusive programming for all of our children,” said Mayor Lester E. Taylor III. “Nassan’s Place, working in partnership with our Department of Recreation & Cultural Affairs, has done a phenomenal job at serving our families and children affected by Autism.”

To register for the workshop, please call 973.424.7781. To view the online gallery, please visit get-to-know.org.