POAC: Education Leader for the Autism Community
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Training Recreation Support
POAC is a 501(c)3 nonprofit, has a proven track record of providing services to children and adults with autism, their families, and the professionals who serve them. 95 1/2 cents of every dollar goes directly to program services. Since its inception POAC has provided training, services, outreach and support for thousands of people througout New Jersey and across the country. The vast majority of these services are provided 100% free of charge. In addition, POAC funded the first statewide program for the early detection of and intervention for children with autism. POAC has partnered with universities and treatment centers to form programs that include researched-based procedures which have proven to be effective for those with autism. While many organizations exist to find a cause and cure for this developmental disability, POAC has focused its attention and resources on how best to help the children and families who are struggling with autism today. POAC strives to help individuals with autism achieve their highest potential in their homes, schools and communities.
POAC provides training for parents and families to help increase functional communication, decrease problem behavior, and increase socialization for their children with autism. Training is also provided for teachers, paraprofessionals, and other service providers in evidence-based teaching procedures for individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities. Training has also been developed for school bus drivers and transportation aides in autism and safety. This organization has also provided training to law enforcement professionals and first responders through our Autism Shield program, and to other members of the general community who come in contact with individuals with autism every day. New topics and issues have been developed to meet the needs of the community. These include, sexuality and hygiene, social skills, safety in the home and community, transition, inclusion, and other topics across the life span.
POAC provides family activities throughout the year. These include, but are not limited to, our Annual Free Family Picnic/Carnival (one of the largest attended autism family event in the state), movie nights, bowling, surfing, dances and other events just for families of children and adults with autism. Any scheduled events will be listed right here on the home page and in our newsletter, The Difference with a circulation of over 5000.
POAC provides sibling events just for brothers and sisters of those with autism. While siblings are always welcome and included at family recreational events, there are some events that are designed just to meet the needs of those who may sometimes require some extra support and care. At these events, siblings are encouraged to develop friendships with others who may share similar interests and challenges. POAC also provides support groups for parents of children with autism at our Brick office.
Outreach and Awareness
POAC provides outreach and information about autism to service, fraternal, and student organizations as well as support groups throughout the state. Presentations are customized to the needs of the specific groups. Legislative issues are also a core concern at POAC and we support and promote all issues that affect those with autism and their families.
Almost everything offered by POAC is provided at no cost to participants. POAC does everything with no government funding. Our fundraising events and the support of our members are what fuels these programs. Thousands have been impacted by POAC''s training and services. If you love or teach a child with autism in New Jersey, chances are that you have been impacted by POAC. Making a difference in the lives of children with autism now is at the heart of everything we do at POAC. We couldn’t do this without you. There are so many ways for you to get involved and help POAC continue serving the autism community. Click on one of the following links to learn more:
Become a Member
Make a Gift/Donation
Walk for a Difference
Become an Event Sponsor
Help us “Make a Difference Now” for the thousands of children who need us today, for their families, and for the professionals who work tirelessly to teach them.