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Autism after 21: Parents worry about who will care for children with autism after parents

Autism After 21: Parents Worry About Their Child’s Future As An Adult

Autism after 21: Parents worry about who will care for children with autism after parentsGeri Bohn knows her 12-year-old son Kaleb is never going to live on his own. He’s never going to drive a car, or go to college, or get married. Bohn’s even hesitant to say that Kaleb, who has autism and is on the low-functioning end of the spectrum, is at the same level as a 2-year-old child. He’s nonverbal, in diapers and experiences moments of aggression.

“He’ll be our baby forever,” Bohn said. But as Kaleb gets older, taller and bigger, it’s becoming more and more apparent that he’s physically not a baby.

“It’s just hitting true that he’s going to be a lot bigger kid and I don’t know how long I am going to be able to handle that,” Bohn said.

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Zefer Foundation to Participate in CALMING SIRENS

Join Zefer Foundation at CALMING SIRENS – An event in cooperation with several public safety organizations from Burlington County specifically for the SPECIAL NEEDS POPULATION.

There will be firetrucks, police cars, an ambulance, and staff
on location to help familiarize the special needs population with emergency services in a fun, non-judgmental way!

Saturday, May 6th Noon – 2 pm at the
RCBS Mount Laurel Campus Enterprise Center
For directions, click here.

Come visit us at our info table!

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Five Big, Avoidable Mistakes Made By Parents of Autistic Kids

 Autism-AwarenessIf you’re the parent of an autistic kid, you probably get advice thrown at your head from every angle, all day long. You may even be all done with advice. And I hear you, because I am you.

But I also have had the great good fortune to be connected with some of the most insightful autistic and autism professionals and thinkers on this planet, who have transformed my parenting approach completely, and to the benefit of my teen son Leo, as well as myself.

As I have become increasingly devoted to “learn from my mistakes,

Families Face Indefinite Wait For Services

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.

 

Vendor Load In: 10AM
Activities Begin: 11AM
Walk Start: 1PM

Your donation can be designated to a specific individual or team online with just a few clicks or you can send your donations to:

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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!