NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - Apr 19, 2012) - With the national prevalence of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) reaching 1:88 children, and as more children are diagnosed with autism, with the greatest increase in diagnoses in the Hispanic community, many families find themselves in need of resources but might not know where to turn. Through UJA-Federation of New York's J•1•1 Information and Referral Center, families in the greater New York area have immediate and free access to a wide range of programs and support services to address the needs and special challenges that arise from caring for individuals on the autism spectrum.
With resources available in all five boroughs, Long Island and Westchester, UJA-Federation is able to provide access to a holistic set of services for families and individuals, no matter their background. This includes everything from the point of diagnosis to socialization opportunities to helping those on the spectrum successfully transition to adulthood. Through its unparalleled network of agencies, UJA-Federation continues to expand on existing services and develop new initiatives for children and adults with developmental, behavioral, and physical disabilities.
April is National Autism Awareness Month, and UJA-Federation is proud to play such an important role in funding, developing and providing access to a wide range of valuable services for the autistic community. Caring for a loved one with autism can be overwhelming, and UJA-Federation is there to ensure that everyone can find the help they need. For more information, contact UJA-Federation's J•1•1 Information and Referral Center at 1-877-852-6951. Resource specialists are available Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., with 24-hour voice mail, or they can be reached by email at J11@ujafedny.org
About UJA-Federation of New York
For more than 90 years, UJA-Federation has been a central force for communal planning and philanthropy in the New York Jewish community. Through UJA-Federation, more than 60,000 donors pool their resources to help people in need, inspire a passion for Jewish life and learning, and strengthen Jewish communities around the world -- to address the issues that matter to us most as Jews and as New Yorkers, such as helping those affected by autism. Working with more than 100 network beneficiary agencies, synagogues, and other Jewish organizations, our reach spans from New York to Israel to more than 60 other countries around the world, touching 4.5 million people each year. Because we do the most good when we do it together. For more information, please visit our website at www.ujafedny.org.