TOMS RIVER — Individuals, families, caregivers, and prospective professionals are invited to the Ocean County Library’s Fourth Annual Autism Resources Fair, Saturday, Apr. 18, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., in the Toms River Branch.
The Fair will offer 40 state and county agencies, non-profit organizations, support and service groups for all ages, educational institutions, law experts, volunteers and entertainers.
Entertainment and activities will include “Songs & Silliness” by Mr. Jon & Friends, balloon art by Cheryl Schwendel, costumed characters and face painting by A Land and Sea Mermaid, therapy dogs, adult creative space, sensory play, and trivia for teens.
Instructive workshops will be staged by the New Jersey Division of Developmental Disabilities, Ocean Partnership for Children, Inc., and Ocean County Sheriff’s Office.
Workshop attendees are eligible for Certificates of Completion.
Aspiring professionals can meet with representatives of Georgian Court University, Kean University and Rutgers University for information about Applied Behavioral Analysis Programs, and also can learn about opportunities in supervised field work with agencies that provide ABA therapy.
The Autism Resources Fair is free and open to the public. Walk-ins are welcome, although space for the music program and for the educational workshops is limited.
Online registration for “Songs & Silliness” and for the workshops will begin on March 1.
The branch is located at 101 Washington Street in Toms River.
To register, call the branch, 732-349-6200, or visit www.theoceancountylibrary.org/events.
The Fair is sponsored by the Ocean County Library Foundation.
The list of participating organizations includes:
Allaire Community Farm
Brett DiNovi & Associates LLC
A Bright Tomorrow
Canine Companions for Independence
Children’s Specialized Hospital
Children’s Wellness & Development Center
Community Medical Center
The Family Resource Network
Georgian Court University
Graham Behavior Services
Hackensack Meridian Health
Hybridge Learning Group
Kaleidoscope ABA Therapy Services
The Matus Law Group
NJ Camp Jaycee
NJ Division of Disability Services
NJ Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services
Ocean County Commission on Child Safety and Awareness
Ocean County Department of Human Services
Office of Individuals with Disabilities
Children’s Inter-Agency Coordinating Council
Ocean County Family Support Organization
Ocean County Health Department
Ocean County Sheriff’s Office
Ocean Partnership for Children
Ocean Pediatric Dental Associates
POAC Autism Services
Rising Treetops at Oakhurst
The Shore Center for Students with Autism
Speech Language Associates
The Statewide Parent Advocacy Network
Sunny Days Early Childhood Development Center
Sussan, Greenwald & Wesler
Toms River Mayor’s Advisory Committee on Developmental Disabilities