Disease, Disorders, Medical Disciplines

Autism New Jersey, Inc.

  • Robbinsville, NJ
  • http://www.autismnj.org/

Mission Statement

Autism New Jersey is a nonprofit agency committed to ensuring safe and fulfilling lives for individuals with autism, their families, and the professionals who support them. Through awareness, credible information, education, and public policy initiatives, Autism New Jersey leads the way to lifelong individualized services provided with skill and compassion. We recognize the autism community's many contributions to society and work to enhance their resilience, abilities and quality of life.

Main Programs

  1. Information Services
  2. Education and Training
  3. Public Policy
  4. Awareness
Service Areas

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New Jersey

Autism New Jersey primarily supports the autism community in the State of New Jersey.  Our toll-free helpline provides support for callers nationwide and our publications and awareness tools are distributed across the US and internationally.

ruling year

1981

Executive Director

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Dr. Suzanne Buchanan

Keywords

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autism, autism spectrum disorders, pervasive developmental disorders, developmental disabilities, ADS,

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EIN

22-2129739

Physical Address

500 Horizon Drive Suite 530

Robbinsville, NJ 08691

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Autism (G84)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

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Programs

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Program 1

Information Services

Via our Information Services we provide referrals and service navigation assistance through our Helpline (800.4.AUTISM) and website (www.autismnj.org) for thousands of parents and professionals

Our toll free Helpline -- 800.4.AUTISM – has more than 3,500 contacts per year.

Our website, www.autismnj.org, has more than 60,000 unique visitors this year and 270,000 page views.

Our skilled, compassionate staff specialists offer information regarding autism, evidence-based and alternative practices, and service navigation. Additionally, we offer referral lists of service providers, a variety of publications, highly individualized advocacy services.

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Diseases, Disorders & Medical Disciplines

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General Public/Unspecified

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Program 2

Education and Training

Via our Education and Training program we share clinical expertise through regional trainings and statewide conferences.

We offer trainings in autism, evidence-based practices, and service navigation for parents as well as public and private professionals.

The 34th Annual Conference will be held on October 27 and 28, 2016 in Atlantic City and offers more than 70 practical workshops and nearly 90 exhibitors covering the full age range and needs of people with autism. 1,000+ parents and professionals attend the event.

Our 2016 Transition Conference will be held on April 18, 2106 in Woodbridge, NJ. The event attracts 400 attendees and underscores the need to address the issues concerning young adults soon to be leaving school and entering the adult service system.

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Program 3

Public Policy

Via our Public Policy efforts, we serve as the collective voice for the community through public policy initiatives in collaboration with the Legislature and the state departments that serve the autism community

Autism New Jersey has a long history of working with the Legislature, Governor’s Office and State Departments. Legislative highlights include passage of NJ’s Autism insurance mandate (15th State in Union) and first responders training. Legislators and their staff often turn to Autism New Jersey and recommend its services to their constituents throughout the state.

Our current policy initiatives include:
• Health Insurance – Increasing access to evidence-based services and reimbursement
• Increasing Availability and Quality of Behavioral Services
• Adult/Housing Issues

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Awareness

Our Awareness program helps build community acceptance through our successful autism ambassador campaign and community outreach.

Our Autism Ambassador Program during National Autism Awareness Month (each April) provides kits full of ideas, templates, activities and resources. The campaign promotes awareness, sensitivity, and action in local communities. Each year, approximately 1,200 to 1,500 ambassadors enroll (adults and children). An additional hundreds of “School Resource Packs” are distributed free to elementary classrooms throughout the state. Supplies and awareness materials are also distributed free of charge throughout the state.

We regularly field Media Requests from outlets including: NBC, Bloomberg Radio, Star Ledger, NJ Biz magazine, and Asbury Park Press.

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Service Areas

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New Jersey

Autism New Jersey primarily supports the autism community in the State of New Jersey.  Our toll-free helpline provides support for callers nationwide and our publications and awareness tools are distributed across the US and internationally.

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AUTISM NEW JERSEY, INC.
Fiscal year: Oct 01-Sep 30
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Autism New Jersey, Inc.

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Executive Director

Dr. Suzanne Buchanan

BIO

Dr. Suzanne Buchanan is the Executive Director at Autism New Jersey, a licensed psychologist and Board Certified Behavior Analyst - Doctoral (BCBA-D). She earned a doctorate in clinical psychology from Long Island University and has worked in the autism field for more than fifteen years. In addition to her administrative responsibilities, Dr. Buchanan provides Autism New Jersey with clinical leadership; disseminates information regarding evidence-based intervention to parents, professionals, and the media; and advises public policy efforts from a clinical perspective. Her interests include family resilience, informed decision-making about autism intervention, and contributing to the development and implementation of state policies that impact the autism community and the professionals who support them. She currently serves as the Government Affairs Chair of the New Jersey Association for Behavior Analysis, is a member of the New Jersey Psychological Association's Committee on Legislative Affairs, and is the co-author of Applied Behavior Analysis and Autism: An Introduction and other agency publications

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Genare Valiant

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