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World Autism Awareness Day: Eden Autism Services

Eden Autism Services has a great mission is to improve the lives of people with autism.
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Eden Autism Services, West Windsor, NJ

A Little Background to this Special Day: 

“In 1970, the Autism Society launched an ongoing nationwide effort to promote autism awareness and assure that all affected by autism are able to achieve the highest quality of life possible.  In 1972, the Autism Society launched the first annual National Autistic Children’s week, which evolved into National Autism Awareness Month (NAAM). This April, we continue our efforts to spread awareness, promote acceptance, and ignite change.”

Eden Autism Services: “Our Founding Story”

“Our story begins in the mid-seventies, when autism was a relatively unknown disorder with an incidence rate of just 1 in 10,000 individuals.

Frustrated by the limited services available through local school districts, and determined to find an appropriate program for their children with autism, a group of parents joined forces with a renowned clinician who was working in the Princeton area. In 1975, the Eden Institute opened as a day school.

As Eden developed, the need for adult services grew and soon Eden expanded its  mission—to improve the lives of children and adults with autism and their families by providing a range of community-based services to meet specific needs throughout the lifespan. In a rented church basement in Princeton, NJ, the founding families and staff worked hard to ensure that individuals who attended Eden were provided with the highest quality services available.

Today, one is hard pressed to find anyone who has not heard of autism. Nationally, the incidence of autism is reported to affect 1 in 59 (1 in 34 in New Jersey) children and the numbers keep growing. As the rate of autism continues to increase, so do the programs and services provided by Eden. In 1980, Eden opened its first residential group home and in 1983, Eden established its adult employment program. Eden’s early intervention program, named in honor of Wawa for its major start-up support, began in 1992.

It’s been many years since Eden’s days in the church basement. In 2011, we opened our model education and outreach center in the Princeton Forrestal Village. Grounded in the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), we currently support more than 200 individuals ranging in age from 12 months to 75 years old, providing early intervention, educational, residential and employment services.

Though much has changed over the years, Eden’s goal remains the same—to provide a comprehensive spectrum of services designed to enable individuals with autism to lead fulfilling, productive and engaged lives in their communities, to the full extent of their abilities.”

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