Resources

The following is a list of support groups that are available to parents of children with autism and related disorders.  These support groups are not facilitated by COSAC.

Atlantic Monmouth Passaic Burlington Morris Somerset Gloucester Ocean Sussex Online Support Groups Fragile X Association of New Jersey F-X Association of NJ is an organization of parents and professionals dedicated to improving the lives of individuals and families affected by F-X Syndrome.  The group provides education and support and awareness through a variety of activities. All ages are served. Contact Person: Jennifer Keenan at 856-985-3257. E-mail: [email protected] Putting the Pieces Together Support Group Meets every Thursday 7:00 p.m. for parents, grandparents, siblings, guardians and caregivers. All couties welcome. 200 Ridge Road La Salle Center North Arlington, NJ 07031 Phone: 201-955-1407 Fax: 207-955-1407 Contact: Debbie Wertalik Website: www.puttingthepiecestogether.orgBack to top


Atlantic County

FACES Families for Autistic Children Education and Support Meetings are held in Ventnor. Contact Person: Isabelle Mosca at 609-822-1735Back to top


Burlington County

Githens Center40 Cedar Street Mt. Holly, NJ 08060 Phone: 609-261-1667 Fax: 609-261-1844 Website: www.githenscenter.org e-mail: [email protected] Monica Catani-Fernandes 20 Fairmont Drive Columbus, NJ 08022 Phone: 609-324-9745 Fax: 609-324-9745 e-mail: [email protected] Provides: parental support groups, family counseling and bilingual/multicultural services. Ages served: early childhood and elementary school PACT (Parents of Autistic Children Together) Contact:  Monica Catani-Fernandes 20 Fairmont Drive Columbus, NJ 08022 Phone: 609-324-9745 Fax: 609-324-9745 e-mail: [email protected] Provides:  Parental support groups, family counseling, and bilingual/multicultural services. Ages served: early childhood and elementary school Location/Time:  Christ Presbyterian Church in Marlton at 7:30 pm Contact:  Alexa Golub at 856-427-2225 or visit their website at www.solvingthepuzzle.com Parent’s VOICE (Vocalizing Our Inner Concerns Effectively) Meeting Dates:  Last Thursday of each month Location/Time:  Burlington County Library, Cinnaminson Branch, 1700 Riverton Rd, Cinnaminson Contact:  Marlene School, M.A., LTC, at 856-829-3287Back to top


Gloucester County

Autism Connection of Gloucester County (ACG) Meeting Dates:  Third Tuesday of each month Contact:  Rosemary Nicklas at 856-227-7498Back to top


Morris County

P.G. Chambers School Quarterly speakers and workshops 15 Halko Rd. Cedar Knolls, NJ  07927 Phone: 973-829-8484 Fax: 973-829-8485 Ages:  The program is geared towards parents of special needs children ages 2-5. Contact:  Sarah Ehinger at 973-829-8484 E-mail: [email protected] Web site: www.ChambersSchool.org Counties served: Morris, Essex, Union, and Sussex County. The Special Needs Parent Resource Group Meeting Dates:  Meets once a month Location/Time:  Madison High School Provides:  Support and host speakers Contact:  Polly Scott at 973-377-2899 or Nancy DiPaola at 973-822-3378 Back to top


Ocean County

Families for Autistic Children Education and Support (FACES) Meeting Dates:  Last Friday of the month Location/Time:  Manahawkin at Southern Ocean County Hospital Resource Center from 6:30 to 8:30 PMBack to top


Passaic County

Association for Special Children and Families Meeting Dates:  Weekly and monthly support and/or information meetings are held Provides:  Support groups are held for parents of children and young adults with developmental and physical disabilities. One-on-one peer parent support is also offered. Contact:  973-728-8744 E-mail: [email protected]Back to top


Somerset County

Bedminster Parents of Exceptional Children (BPEC) Meeting Dates:  First Thursday of each month from September through June Location/Time:  Bedminster Township School from 7:15 to 9:00 pm Contact:  Claudia at 908-719-4347 E-mail: [email protected].Back to top


Sussex County

SCAC: Support for Caregivers within the Autism Community Meeting Dates:  Third Tuesday of the month Location/Time:  Hopatcong Civic Center from 7:00 – 8:00 pm Contact:  Mati Falconetti at 973-770-8334Back to top


The following is a list of a few online groups that are available to parents of children with autism and related disorders.  These links will take you to third-party websites and resources that have no formal affiliation with COSAC. Parents of kids with autism (via MSN):  Click on the link to join now and mention that you were referred by COSAC. The Autism Network:  Upon joining this group, messages from other members are sent to your email address rather than posted on a message board. Online Asperger’s Syndrome Information & Support (O.A.S.I.S): They offer a message board, chat rooms, and online support groups. The Autism Home Page (via MSN Groups) Independent Living on the Autism Spectrum:  Resource that offers a mailing list, message board and online support group for individuals with Autism or related conditions, including but not limited to Asperger Syndrome. MOSAIC Group (via Yahoo Groups):  New Jersey parents-only support group (based in Bergen County, NJ) for parents of children diagnosed with ASD over the age of five Adults with Autism (via Yahoo Groups):  An informal discussion group formed to provide information on adult issues and serve as a catalyst for discussion about issues related to services and legislation. Other options:  Search sites such as www.yahoo.com, www.msn.com, www.google.com for groups relating to autism meeting your specific needs.   Back to top

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