autism resources fair

 

Thursday, April 7, at 6:30 pm

Autism and Employment - Start Planning Now


Dianne is the Director of the Life Course Outcomes' Transition Pathways initiative, a collection of efforts to improve outcomes for young adults on the autism spectrum. A Q&A session will follow for attendees. A recording of the presentation will be available for viewing on the Library's YouTube Channel at a later date. This program is sponsored by the Ocean County Library Foundation.

Saturday, April 9, at 2 pm

Meet Britini D'Angelo


Britini D’Angelo is a recent houseguest on Big Brother Season 23 (CBS). During the finale of “Big Brother” on CBS, host Julie Chen Moonves gave Britini the floor and she revealed to her fellow houseguests and to America, that not only is she a fourth-degree karate black belt, and teacher, but that she has Autism. By doing this, her goal was to bring about increased acceptance & awareness to the neurodivergent community and help to stop stigma’s associated with autism. Britini will be accompanied by her mother, Cathy. Professional Development certificate available. This program is sponsored by the Ocean County Library Foundation.

Tuesday, April 26, at 7 pm

Michael McCreary: Comedian and Author


Meet twenty-six-year-old Michael McCreary a comedian, actor, author and TEDX speaker who’s been performing stand-up comedy since age 13. The Funny, You Don't Look Autistic author will talk about his experiences growing up with autism and answer your questions at the end of this virtual program. Questions must be submitted prior to March 11th. Please email your questions to: social@theoceancountylibrary.org Registration is required. This program is sponsored by the Ocean County Library Foundation.

 

Throughout April & May

Participate in our Beanstack trivia challenge for the chance to win 1 of 6 prizes. The trivia challenge will be held at all Ocean County Library locations, our website, Instagram, and Facebook pages.

Saturday, April 2, 2 pm

Music for Autism

Virtual Concert with Kinky Books’ Stephane Duret.

Tuesday, April 5, 7 pm

Magic Show and Workshop with Chad Juros

A fun filled viewing experience where Magician/Speaker Chad Juros.

Saturday, April 9, at 11 am

DIY Fidget Bracelets

Held at the Toms River Sparks's Lab Makerspace and the Joseph H. Vicari Sensory Space. Caregiver must be present. Ages 13+. Registration Required.

Saturday, April 9, at 1 pm

DIY Stress Relief Balls

Held at the Toms River Sparks's Lab Makerspace and the Joseph H. Vicari Sensory Space. Caregiver must be present. Ages 13+. Registration Required.

Saturday, April 9, at 2 pm

Take and Makes of DIY Fidget Bracelets or Stress Relief Balls

Held at the Toms River Sparks's Lab Makerspace and the Joseph H. Vicari Sensory Space. Caregiver must be present. Available while supplies last. All Ages.

Monday, April 11, 6:30 pm

Navigating Government Assistance Benefits for Adults with Developmental Disabilities

Attorney Jared B. Oberweis will discuss steps to secure government assistance benefits for adults with developmental disabilities. Oberweis specializes in estate and trust matters, guardianships and adult services. Presented by Hinkle, Prior & Fischer, P.C. Q&A session will follow for attendees.

Thursday, April 14 & 28, at 3 pm

Autism Awareness Open Hour in Maker Space

Visit the Toms River Sparks's Lab to experience sensory-related equipment such as building blocks, kinetic sand and robots. Caregiver must be present. Ages 13+. Registration required.

Saturday, April 23, at 2 pm

Music for Autism

Virtual Concert with Violinist Ariel Horowitz and Friends.

Monday, April 25, at 7 pm

Rutgers Center for Adult Autism Services

Director, Dr. James Maraventano, EdD, BCBA-D. will describe the services that this program offers to adults aged 21+ with a primary diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder. A recording of the presentation will be available on the Library's YouTube Channel at a later date.

Monday, May 2, 6:30 pm

Service Dogs: The Puppy Raising Process

Learn about the puppy-raising process from the Bratnik family, who will talk about their own experience. Canine Companions is a non-profit organization that trains service dogs for people with disabilities free of charge.  A Q&A session will follow for attendees. A recording of the presentation will be available for viewing on the Library's YouTube Channel at a later date.

Tuesday, May 10, 7 pm

The Story of Anthony Starego

Join us for a virtual program to hear about Anthony’s journey up with autism and finding football fame at Brick Township High School, he succeeded in his football career as a place kicker for both arena and minor league football teams.

Thursday, May 12, 7 pm

Produced by students with autism at the Toms River East High School, and hosted by TRFOD Founder Christian Kane, this video will provide a virtual tour of the complex. Scheduled to open to the public on April 30, the TRFOD will feature:

  • A state-of-the-art all-inclusive playground that can accommodate wheelchairs
  • Areas designed for sports: a baseball field, miniature golf course, basketball, bocce, and shuffleboard courts
  • Rehabilitative fitness stations
  • A temperature-controlled pavilion and complementary snack shack
  • Walking paths
  • And more!

Toms River and its surrounding communities will also benefit from being the only area in New Jersey with a complex specifically developed for individuals with disabilities. Join us for a sneak-peak of this amazing facility, along with an accompanying video that describes the inspiring story behind its creation. A recording of the presentation will be available for viewing on the Library's YouTube channel at a later date. Participants must register to receive a Zoom link to the program.

 

 

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.

 

This program is sponsored by The Ocean County Library Foundation, a 501(c)3 tax exempt organization established in 2001, to enhance the services and opportunities offered to all Ocean County Library users. The Ocean County Library Foundation supports and believes in the Ocean County Library’s Mission of “Connecting People, Building Community, and Transforming Lives.”
 

 

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