During the weekend of January 24-26, nine Greater Middlesex Conference Schools will be partnering with the Parents of Autistic Children to raise money and awareness for the organization. POAC is a 501(c)3 nonprofit, and that has a proven track record of providing services to children and adults with autism, their families, and the professionals who serve them. Since its inception, POAC has provided training, services, outreach and support for thousands of people throughout New Jersey and across the country. The vast majority of these services are provided 100% free of charge. In addition, POAC funded the first statewide program for the early detection of and intervention for children with autism. POAC has partnered with universities and treatment centers to form programs that include researched-based procedures which have proven to be effective for those with autism. While many organizations exist to find a cause and cure for this developmental disability, POAC has focused its attention and resources on how best to help the children and families who are struggling with autism today. POAC strives to help individuals with autism achieve their highest potential in their homes, schools and communities.
Money will be raised through t-shirt sales at basketball games and wrestling and bowling matches throughout the weekend. Proceeds from these sales will be donated to POAC where 95 1/2 cents of every dollar donated goes directly to program services. A check will be presented to the group between the noon girls and 2 p.m. boys game on January 25 at Spotswood High School.