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Autism: What We Know

Autism now affects 1 in 68 children and 1 in 42 boys nationwide, according to the CDC. Autism affects 1 in 41 children in New Jersey. Autism is the fastest-growing serious developmental disability in the U.S. More children will be diagnosed with autism this year than with AIDS, diabetes & cancer combined.

Last year marked 10 years of progress since Autism Speaks first opened its doors in 2005. In 2016, we continue to strive to enhance autism services in every community and get the groundbreaking ABLE Act, now the law of the land, implemented in all 50 states.

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Walk Now For Autism 2017

John-Crawford-Brandi-Fishman-ZeferJoin us on Sunday, May 20th as we walk to help raise funds to support vital research and top-quality programs that are changing the future for those who struggle with autism. Our strength as a community is powered by love and built on the commitment of individuals like you. Start a team, join a team or come on your own. Walk and fund raise together to enhance the lives of people living with autism.

 

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Zefer is Now Non-Profit!

The Zefer Foundation’s mission is to shift society’s perception of individuals classified as Intellectually and/or Developmentally Disabled. We will accomplish this by collaborating with individuals and agencies to create unprecedented opportunities for inclusion and diversity in all areas of the community with a strong focus on employment opportunities. The Zefer Foundation will provide the support and resources necessary and create an environment that ensures true inclusion is possible in all areas of the community for all of its citizens for the betterment of society, as a whole.

The Zefer Foundation’s non-profit status is now official!

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9 of 10 With Autism Can Work After Training

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When given the right supports and training, a new study suggests that nearly all young people with autism who qualify for supported employment can learn to excel on the job. Nine out of 10 transition-age youth with autism who participated in an intensive job training program were working part-time earning at least minimum wage three months after graduating high school. What’s more, 87 percent were still working after 12 months.

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Artist’s Stunning Photos Shatter Misconceptions About Disabilities

artists-stunning-photos-shatter-misconceptions-disabilitiesCeridwen Hughes, a photographer from North Wales, wants the world to view disabilities differently.
In an effort to change people’s perspectives, she created a photo project called “We Can…” that focuses on what people with disabilities can do, rather than what they cannot. “People make assumptions based on the way people look and act and do not always see the person behind the condition,” Hughes told The Huffington Post.

Read the full article here.

Accessory Dwelling Offers Bridge To Independence

Yung Ting Engelbrecht lounges on his couch watching “Barney” on a tablet. He can scan QR codes taped to the wall that connect him to some of his favorite YouTube videos.

“Where are you going to sleep tonight?” asks his mom, Jacqueline Noel. “New house,” Yung Ting says.

His 288-square-foot accessory dwelling unit is attached to his parents’ house in east Vancouver. Even though he’s lived in the unit for a little over a year, Yung Ting still calls his place “new house” and his parents’ “big house.”

When people initially heard that Yung Ting was getting his own place,