Autism Speaks is an organization dedicated to promoting solutions, across the spectrum and throughout the lifespan, for the needs of individuals with autism and their families through advocacy and support; increasing understanding and acceptance of autism spectrum disorder; and advancing research into causes and better interventions for autism spectrum disorder and related conditions.  Autism Speaks enhances lives today and is accelerating a spectrum of solutions for tomorrow.

The Statewide Parent Advocacy Network (SPAN) is an independent 501(c)3 organization committed to empowering families as advocates and partners in improving education, health, and mental health outcomes for infants, toddlers, children, and youth.

Parents of Autistic Children (POAC) Autism Services, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, is making a difference today for every child with autism in our state. Each year we provide hundreds of free events for the autism community including: free training and education for parents and educators; free recreational and support services to children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and their families; and free training for police and first responders which is saving the lives of children with autism throughout the state.

The New Jersey Early Intervention System (NJEIS), under the Division of Family Health Services, implements New Jersey's statewide system of services for infants and toddlers, birth to age three, with developmental delays or disabilities, and their families. 

Children’s Specialized Hospital is the nation’s leading provider of inpatient and outpatient care for children from birth to 21 years of age facing special health challenges — from chronic illnesses and complex physical disabilities like brain and spinal cord injuries, to developmental and behavioral issues like autism and mental health.

Ticklez Play Center is a clean and family-friendly indoor play center where children can engage in fun activities with their families.  Ticklez has a 16ft tall play structure with slides and an obstacle course, pretend play stations, a sports court, dedicated toddler area, and peanut-free snack cafe.   

B.E.S.T. Strategies is an ABA agency that provides behavioral and educational services to schools, families and individuals to serve those with special needs.  B.E.S.T. Strategies serves individuals aged 3 to adulthood.

The Americans with Disabilities Act requires all schools to accommodate the differing needs of their disabled students. Thankfully, this act made it easier for disabled students to choose the school of their choice without having to worry as much about their accommodations.

Several schools actively recruit for disabled students. Fortunately, there are also several scholarships offered specifically for those with disabilities. If you have a disability or are the parent of a disabled child, you will find several scholarship opportunities available.

Going to the dentist can be a cause for anxiety for most of us, but it’s a very different feeling for those with autism. Our dental experts Dr. Greg Grillo and Dr. David Hudnall have spent countless hours helping patients and caregivers prepare for upcoming dental visits as well as helping them with tips and techniques that ensure proper oral health habits in the future. 

Patients with special needs often have difficulty staying still and allowing the dentist to do what’s needed, which is why a loved one should always be present. Everyone needs a “figurative” hand to hold sometimes, especially those who fear the dentist, and it’s no different for patients with autism. Luckily, there are ways to find a dentist for those with special needs and this resource guide is here to help.


Andover | Blairstown | Boonton | Budd Lake | Byram | Chatham | Chester | Clifton | Denville | Dover | East Hanover | Fairfield | Flanders | Florham Park | Hackettsown | Hanover

Hope | Jefferson | Lake Hopatcong | Ledgewood | Lincoln Park | Livingston | Madison | Mendham | Montclair | Montville | Morris Plains | Morristown | Mountain Lakes

Mt. Arlington | Mt. Olive | Newark | Newton | Parsippany | Randolph | Rockaway | Roxbury | Short Hills | Sparta | Succasunna | West Caldwell | Wharton