The Autism Beach Bash will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the 7th Avenue beach in Belmar, and features a surf camp with Surfer’s Healing, a California based non-profit specializing in working with children with special needs.
A 2018 report from the Center of Disease Control reported that autism prevalence in New Jersey rises to 1 in 34 children.
“Autism Family Services of New Jersey is incredibly proud to have hosted the largest Autism gathering in New Jersey since 2005,” said Eric M. Joice, CEO of Autism Family Services of New Jersey.
The event includes an exhibitor tent featuring local and statewide services for individuals with autism, an activity tent, arts and crafts area, waterslide, dancing and interactive sessions throughout the day. The Annual Autism Beach Bash remains the largest gathering in New Jersey of individuals with autism and their families.
Last year’s Autism Beach Bash welcomed more than 7,000 attendees, while over half of this year’s pre-registered families will be new to the event. Families will also be attending from surrounding states such as Maryland, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Rhode Island. Lunch will be provided free to all registered families.
Individuals may register for the Autism Beach Bash, or obtain more information about the organization, by visiting www.autismbeachbash.org or by calling Autism Family Services of New Jersey at 1-877-237-4477.