Human Services

Parents of Autistic Children of Ocean County Inc

  • Brick, NJ
  • www.poac.net

Mission Statement

POAC's mission is to be the education leader for the autism community providing more free training and education than any other organization. Additionally, POAC provides recreational and support services to children with autism spectrum disorders and their families. POAC is making a difference today for every child with autism in our state. Because the costs of services are prohibitive for most families, POAC is deeply committed to providing all services at no cost to participants

Main Programs

  1. Program 1
  2. Autism Shield Program
  3. Free Autism Family Recreational Events.
Service Areas

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National

We serve the enitre state of New Jersey.  We hold free trainings, free workshops and free recreational events throughout the state.  Please contact POAC if you would like to see more events in your area.  We always are looking to partner with schools, support groups and other agencies to make a difference now in the lives of our children.

ruling year

2001

Principal Officer since 2005

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Mr Gary Weitzen

Keywords

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autism, POAC, training, education, recreation

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Also Known As

Poac Autism Services (Parents of Autistic Children)

EIN

22-3696578

 Number

2125939105

Physical Address

1999 Route 88 East

Brick, NJ 08724

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Developmentally Disabled Services/Centers (P82)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (F01)

IRS Filing Requirement

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

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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POAC is the largest provider of FREE autism training and education in the state.

POAC funded the first statewide program for the early detection and intervention of children with autism.

POAC provides FREE family recreational activities all year long including: surfing, horseback riding, movies, indoor gym days, bowling and pizza parties, and our Annual FREE Family Picnic/Carnival, one of the biggest autism family events in the country.

POAC provides FREE training for parents and families to help increase functional communication, decrease problem behavior and increase socialization of their children with autism

POAC increases public awareness of the disorder and its effects on individuals, families, public schools, and society

POAC provides FREE training for law enforcement and emergency responders in autism recognition and response

POAC addresses, supports, and promotes legislative issues that affect those with autism and their families.

POAC provides a FREE speakers bureau to groups throughout the state

Provides FREE outreach and training in autism to middle school, high school, and college students in New Jersey

POAC does not charge a penny for any of these services and receives no government funding

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

POAC holds many conferences and work shops throughout the year. Some are fee based others are no charge. We offer weekly free training in many New Jersey counties. POAC is in 23 school districts teaching professionals and parents. We also hold an annual picnic that hosts over 600 people. ALL FOR FREE TO ANYONE IN THE AUTISTIC COMMUNITY AND THERE FAMILIES!

Category

Population(s) Served

Budget

Program 2

Autism Shield Program

The safety of children and adults with autism has been and continues to be a primary concern and top priority at POAC. Pioneers in safety training for police, fire fighters, and EMTs, POAC has provided training to first responders from every New Jersey County. In many cases, entire departments have received this advanced training. More recently, POAC has developed a companion workshop designed for caregivers, teachers, and child study team members. This workshop gives participants the information needed to keep those with autism safe across the spectrum and throughout the life span, and includes a safety kit full of valuable resources.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Budget

100,000

Program 3

Free Autism Family Recreational Events.

POAC provides FREE family recreational activities all year long including: surfing, horseback riding, movies, indoor gym days, bowling and pizza parties, and our Annual FREE Family Picnic/Carnival, one of the biggest autism family events in the country

Category

Population(s) Served

Budget

100,000

Service Areas

Self-reported

National

We serve the enitre state of New Jersey.  We hold free trainings, free workshops and free recreational events throughout the state.  Please contact POAC if you would like to see more events in your area.  We always are looking to partner with schools, support groups and other agencies to make a difference now in the lives of our children.

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PARENTS OF AUTISTIC CHILDREN
Fiscal year: Nov 01-Oct 31
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Operations

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Parents of Autistic Children of Ocean County Inc

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Mr Gary Weitzen

BIO

Executive Director, Gary Weitzen, comes to POAC with 20 years experience in the insurance industry.  He has worked for an autism program teaching life skills to adults since 1997.  Mr. Weitzen has served on the New Jersey Governor’s Council for Biomedical Research, as a Board Member for the NJ Center for Outreach and Services for the Autism Community (COSAC), and is currently the New Jersey representative for Unlocking Autism, and Vice President of Princeton Autism Technology.  The Weitzen family story was featured with the Doug Flutie family on the country’s first screening tool for early identification and intervention, First Signs.  Mr. Weitzen is married with three children.  His eldest son Christopher has autism.  He has been a passionate advocate of autistic children and their siblings.  He has been honored by many state and local agencies for the work he has accomplished in the autism community.

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"If you would like to see more workshops, trainings and recreational events in your area, lets us know.  If you are a member of a parent Special Education PTA or autism support group, we want to partner with you.  We will work with you to make your town and surrounding community safer, more accepting and an overall better place to live with a child or adult with autism.  Family and community is what POAC is all about.  Our kids are incredible and we can't wait to see you at our next event.   Thanks for helping us make a difference now.  Gary Weitzen"

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Gary Weitzen

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BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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