As part of Autism Awareness Month, the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders through the Office for People with Special Needs invites residents to come out and participate in Union County’s 1st Annual Walk for Autism Awareness and Spring Carnival.

The event features entertainment, food and prizes and will take place at the County’s Mattano Park in Elizabeth. It will be held on April 28, rain or shine. Registration for the walk begins at 11:00 a.m. and the walk starts at 12:00 p.m.

“In the State of New Jersey alone, one in forty-one school age children are diagnosed with autism,” said Freeholder Chairman Sergio Granados. “This walk is a great opportunity for Union County to raise awareness and provide important informational resources for those impacted by autism and their supporters. I am looking forward to spending this fun, activity-filled day with local advocates, parents and children while shedding light on the autism community.”

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In other efforts to raise awareness, banners in recognition of National Autism Month are on display in the lobby of the Union County Administration Building. Throughout the month of April, blue lights will illuminate many homes, landmarks and several county buildings to encourage awareness, support and inclusion for people with autism.

“The Freeholder Board is happy to support and raise awareness for those in our community with autism. The Office for People with Special Needs provides opportunities for residents living with special needs including physical, cognitive and developmental challenges to promote inclusion and full access to community enjoyment,” said Freeholder Alexander Mirabella.

For more details about the Walk for Autism Awareness, and for more information about all programs for special needs youth and families, contact the Office for Special Needs Coordinator Manuel Ramirez at 908-527-4781 or Assistant Coordinator Nicole DeAugustine at 908-527-4916.

For all Union County recreational programs and activities, visit ucnj.org/specialneeds. Online registration for all programs is available at ucnj.org/opsn-reg.

For all Union County programs and services visit ucnj.org, call the Public Info Line, 877-424-1234, email info@ucnj.org or use the online Contact Form.

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