Autism Ambassador Program 2016: Growing Awareness

Thank you Autism Ambassadors

Growing Acceptance in Every Corner of New Jersey

Thanks to the enthusiasm and dedication of our 2017 ambassadors, countless activities, events and opportunities to spread awareness were planned throughout the state. Our 2018 Ambassador Program Theme will be launched soon! Check out some of the highlights below and visit the Ambassador Facebook Page for even more activities and photos.

Meet our 2017 Ambassadors

Browse our interactive map to see where our ambassadors grew acceptance and planned activities, fundraisers and proclamations. 

Who were they?  
Educators: 484    Community Members: 43    Parent/Family: 148    Students: 62
Individual with Autism: 29  •  Legislators: 120    Unspecified: 100

Top Fundraisers

With the support of our ambassador fundraisers, combined with our generous sponsors, the 2017 Ambassador Program brought in nearly $130,000 to help sustain the important work we do. 

2017 Top 5 Fundraisers

Swim-A-Thon 2017
Organized by Katelyn Dauphinee
Amount Raised: $16,879.91


Rockin' 4 Autism
Organized by Mallory Banks
Amount Raised: $13,139.48

Rock the Cause
Organized by Ava Panza
Amount Raised: $12,378.48

Sparta Township School Activities
Organized by  Kristi Diklich, Kerianne Morris, Kristen Lenox and Lisa Gast
Amount Raised: $5,277.40

Loew Orthodontics Family Fundraiser Night
Organized by Theresa Saracinello
Amount Raised: $5,000.00

Click here for a full listing of the 2017 Autism Ambassador Fundraisers>> 

Contest Winners

Bookmark Winner • Gabriel

Gabriel, a 7 year-old 2nd grader, is diagnosed with autism and is non-verbal. Gabriel painted himself and his friends for his bookmark design.

We are excited to incorporate Gabriel's design into the 2018 Ambassador Program materials. 

2017 Bookmark Winner: Gabriel, age 7  

Gabriel, age 7


Sibling Essay Winners • Jordan and Aurora

A special connection often exists between siblings of someone with a disability. Siblings share a unique perspective and an understanding. We were able to identify with the eloquent, honest words of these bright young siblings. Read this year's winning essays>>

Jordan Kosich   
Jordan Koschis, 5th Grade 

Aurora and TJ 2
Aurora Fitzgerald, 6th Grade

Ways To Give



2017 Sponsorship

The Autism Awareness Ambassador Program is funded by the generosity of sponsors:

Program Sponsor

Toys R Us Children's Fund

Kids Booklet Sponsor


Bookmark Sponsor


Junior Hub Section Sponsor

Nestlé Nutrition

Learn more about sponsorship>> 

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