Autism Speaks

Autism Speaks
216 Haddon Ave., Suite 403, Westmont, NJ 08108

Christina Carter, Director, Greater Delaware Valley Chapter, Autism Speaks 856 858-5400

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and autism are both general terms for a group of complex disorders of brain development. These disorders are characterized, in varying degrees, by difficulties in social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communication and repetitive behaviors. They include autistic disorder, Rett syndrome, childhood disintegrative disorder, pervasive developmental disorder-not otherwise specified (PDD-NOS) and Asperger syndrome. ASD can be associated with intellectual disability, difficulties in motor coordination and attention and physical health issues such as sleep and gastrointestinal disturbances. Some persons with ASD excel in visual skills, music, math and art.

Autism Speaks is dedicated to increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders, to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and cure for autism, and advocating for the needs of affected families.

We have administrative volunteer opportunities in our South Jersey office. We are also looking for volunteers for our local (Southern New Jersey and Philadelphia Walk Now for Autism Speaks and Ride for Autism Speaks Philadelphia ) events. This is the perfect mitzvah project or community service project!  We can also work with Bar/Bat Mitzvah students on creating special service projects/fundraisers.