Newark Board of Education Kicks Off Autism Awareness Month With Student Performances and Family Support

More than 100 Students and Parents Participate in Morning Kickoff

The Newark Board of Education, Department of Special Education, kicked-off Autism Awareness Month with student performances, parent involvement and more. More than 100 students and parents participated in this annual program that raises awareness of the education programs, services and life experiences of students with special needs, including autism.

Did you know…

  • Autism now affects 1 in 68 children, and 1 in 42 boys
  • Autism prevalence figures are growing
  • Autism is one of the fastest-growing developmental disorders in the U.S.
  • Autism costs a family $60,000 a year on average
  • Boys are nearly five times more likely than girls to have autism
  • There is no medical detection or cure for autism

Nearly a quarter century ago, the Autism Society launched a nationwide effort to promote autism awareness, inclusion and self-determination for all, and assure that each person with Autism Spectrum Disorder is provided the opportunity to achieve the highest possible quality of life. April is recognized as National Autism Awareness month around the world. It provides schools an opportunity to recognize students, staff and families as well as promote public awareness of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). For more information about World Autism Awareness Day and the Light it Up Blue campaign visit