The Whiting Reading Center and the Tuckerton Branch are currently experiencing an issue with their phone lines.
To contact the Whiting Reading Center or Tuckerton Branch, please call the Toms River Branch at 732-349-6200 and ask the operator to forward your call to the Whiting Reading Center or Tuckerton branch.

April 15, 2023

10 am – 3 pm

Toms River Branch


The Autism Resources Fair, founded in 2017, is a yearly event aiming to bring state and local resources to our community members.
The Ocean County Library’s goal is to provide resources for all ages, caregivers, and educators through programming, speakers, workshops, and more – all provided by experts in the field.


Keynote Speaker


New Jersey's Ombudsman for Individuals with Intellectual or Developmental Disabilities & Their Families

12:00pm Bishop Building

Providing support for issues including adult and children’s services, civil rights education, employment, federal and state policies, health and safety, housing, legal matters, public safety, and transportation. The office helps individuals and families through New Jersey’s system of care, seeks input from them for improvements, and ensures that they are represented in policy decisions that affect them.

Paul Aronsohn also serves on the President’s Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities. He was a member of the Human and Children Services Committee within Governor Phil Murphy’s transition team.

Professional Development certificate available.

Please Register.


The Fair provides a forum in which families affected by autism can access resources of state, county, and local organizations.
40 groups include medical professionals, therapists, advocates, schools, and other agencies.


List of Participating Agencies


10:00am - 3:00pm

While gathering valuable information, visitors at the Ocean County Library’s annual Autism Resources Fair will be able to pause, enjoy the calming and comforting items in the Toms River Branch's Sensory Space on the second floor.


10:00am - 3:00pm

Mancini Hall

The CHILD Project is a secure nationwide network and registry, which enables law enforcement and social service agencies throughout the country to locate and positively identify missing children and adults with iris biometric recognition technology if they have been previously entered. This accurate and fast technology could identify, locate, and reunite your child with your family.


10:00am - 3:00pm

Washington Street

A sensory activation vehicle is a space which is designed to help an individual with a sensory need to regulate the brain’s negative reaction to external stimuli. The vehicle provides a low-stress, controlled environment to work through the stressor and allow the person to re-enter the preferred activity with a new confidence.


10:00am - 2:00pm

Toms River's Children's Department

While gathering valuable information, visitors at the Ocean County Library’s annual Autism Resources Fair will be able to pause, enjoy, and take home samples of the balloon artistry of Debby Pease.


10:00am - 11:00am

Bishop Building

Participants in the one-hour session will experience gentle, sensessharpening stretching and breathing exercises, and will leave with the ability to conduct their routines at home.
Ages 13+ Please Register.


10:00am OR 12:00pm

Discovery Room

Siblings of children with developmental disabilities will have a chance to mingle in a relaxed, non-therapy setting. Cultivate new friendships, share ideas about handling tricky situations with their siblings, to validate their feelings, and to feel good about themselves.
Ages 7 - 15 Please Register for one session.


11:00am | Ages 3 - 12

OR 11:45am | Ages 13+

Green Room

All ability levels will have a fun and accessible experience singing and playing along with SLP Musically’s Ms. Kat. No experience is needed. Play on adapted percussion instruments and sing in all ways, including through switches and other augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) devices.
Please Register for one session.


11:00am - 11:45am

Hometown Dairy

Dr. Susan Smith-Foley will offer an overview of evidence-supported Developmental Relationship-Based Interventions (DRBI) in autism care, including those related to DIR/Floortime. Discussion will touch on differences between DRBI and the behavioral model known as ABA therapy. The workshop will include ample time for questions and answers.
Please Register.
Professional Development certificate available.


12:00pm - 2:00pm

Sparks's Lab Makerspace

Drop in to the Makerspace to make a calming Sensory Shaker Bottle. The program is open to individuals aged 13 and older, with caregivers. Crafting materials will be available while supplies last.


1:00pm - 3:00pm

Green Room


1:30pm - 2:15pm

Bishop Building

Accidents, natural disasters, and tragedies can’t be completely avoided, but knowledgeable planning can mitigate their impacts. Jamie Arasz Prioli, MS, CRC, ATP, Assistant Director of Disability Services at Ocean County College, will conduct the seminar to help individuals with autism and their families, friends, and caregivers cope with emergencies.
Please Register.
Professional Development certificate available.


1:15pm - 2:00pm

Hometown Dairy

Learn more about Applied Behavior Analysis, better known as ABA, and what providers delivering ABA therapy actually do to help your child and family achieve their goals! Anne Marie Harris, a Board Certified Behavior Analyst with Step Up Family Services, will touch on the idea behind ABA therapy, functions of behavior and behavioral strategies that are used to help our learners and families attain new skills which help increase independence and decrease behaviors that may be causing barriers in their day to day lives.
Please Register.
Professional Development certificate available.


2:00pm - 3:00pm

Toms River's Children's Department

Practice your reading skills in the company of gentle therapy dogs.
All Ages Please Register.


The Ocean County Library Foundation is a 501(c)3 tax exempt organization established in 2001, to enhance the services and opportunities offered to all Ocean County Library users. We support and believe in the Ocean County Library’s Mission of “Connecting People, Building Community, and Transforming Lives.” The Foundation undertakes a variety of fund-raising and grant writing activities, using our skills at raising both private and public funds to provide support for non-traditional library programs and services not covered by tax dollars or budget. The Library Foundation is committed toward the goal of enhancing all library services, programs, and facilities to foster an appreciation and awareness of the Ocean County Library in the community.


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