UNION, NJ – Mayor Suzette Cavadas, the Township Committee and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Committee have scheduled several events in the Township to celebrate Autism Awareness Month, beginning on April 2.

“Here in the Township of Union we celebrate this month every year," said Cavadas.  "But last year for the first time, the ADA Committee hosted their ‘Jazzed up for Autism’ event.  This year, we are proud to bring back the ‘Jazzed up’ event on April 23 as well as a host of other events throughout the month.”

On April 2, the Township kicks off the month with the “Light it up Blue” campaign for Autism, encouraging all residents and businesses to use blue outdoor lightbulbs on this day to show support for Autism Awareness. The Township is also hosting a “Light it Up Blue” photo contest on their Facebook page @TWPUnionNJ.

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On April 15, the ADA Committee and Team Union will participate in the Lincoln Tunnel 5K Challenge, walking or running to benefit Special Olympics NJ. Additional information and a link to register with Team Union is available at www.uniontownship.com on the Americans with Disabilities Act Committee Page.

The Second Annual Jazz’d up for Autism Event will take place on April 23 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. at O’Lagar Restaurant on Stuyvesant Ave. Tickets are $30 per person, including a full dinner with a choice of fish, chicken or pork. Tickets can be purchased directly at O’Lagar Restaurant.

Finally, on April 28, the ADA Committee will sponsor the “Dollar towards Autism Event” at the track at Union High School. Participants can enjoy the outdoors while raising money for autism awareness.

“We hope to see our residents at some of these events as we endeavor to go beyond simply promoting awareness to encouraging friends, and collaborators to become partners in the movement towards acceptance and appreciation,” said Michele Delisfort, Committeewoman and member of the ADA Committee.

For more information on Autism Awareness Month Activities, please visit http://www.uniontownship.com/620/Autism-Awareness-Month or contact the Township of Union office of Public Information at 908-851-5096 or publicinfo@uniontownship.com.

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