Community Access Unlimited Honors Autism National Awareness Month

Top Quote Community Access Unlimited (CAU) Discusses Its Many Services For Those On The Autistic Spectrum. End Quote
  • (1888PressRelease) April 13, 2017 - Elizabeth, NJ - Tracy Honig, Managing Director, Behavioral Supports, Community Access Unlimited (CAU), was a guest on 'Jersey Central,' the morning talk show on WCTC-AM radio.

    Honig discussed with Host, Bert Baron, how CAU is is celebrating the progress of its members who have been diagnosed on the autistic spectrum in timing with National Autism Awareness Month in April. According to the Autism Society, the prevalence of autism in the United States is estimated at 1 in 68 births and increased by 119.4 percent from 2000 to 2010, making autism the fastest growing developmental disability in the nation. More than 3.5 million Americans live with an autism spectrum disorder. Cost of lifelong care can be reduced by two-thirds with early diagnosis and intervention.

    Honig states, "At CAU we have been supporting people with disabilities for more than 38 years so we are ideally situated to help families with loved ones living on the autistic spectrum. We are one of the larger behavioral departments in the state and our staff is highly credentialed. In addition, we are very family-oriented. We will work with them to fulfill their needs."

    Tracy also mentions an autism friendly program CAU has within the entertainment sector, "At CAU, we are very passionate about this. We actually have our own troupe - CAU Community Players and we do a production every single year. Our casts comprise people within the community as well as people with disabilities and it is a wonderful thing we started 6 years ago."

    For families seeking in-home support for their child under the age of 21, services begin with a meet and greet with the member and his or her family, followed by an assessment completed by a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). A support plan is created and then reviewed and modified to reflect goals set by the member and their family. Behavior technicians implement the plan with oversight from a BCBA, with reinforcement from family members.

    Members with autism who live in a residential program at CAU receive support from members of the behavioral team at CAU and assessment by a BCBA or a masters-level clinician. Members work with their designated behaviorist to set goals and support staff is given guidelines on how to best help the member they support achieve the milestones set in their plan.

    About Community Access Unlimited
    Community Access Unlimited (CAU), celebrating its 38th year in 2017, supports people with special needs in achieving real lives in the community. CAU provides support and gives voice to adults and youth who traditionally have little support and no voice in society. CAU helps people with housing, life skills, employment, money management, socialization and civic activities. CAU also supports opportunities for advocacy through training in assertiveness, decision-making and civil right. CAU currently serves more than 6,000 individuals and families, with the number served growing each year. For more information about CAU and its services, contact us by phone at 908.354.3040, online at or by mail at 80 West Grand Street, Elizabeth, NJ 07202.

    For more information, please contact 908-345-3040 ext. 4376 or email cpavia ( @ ) caunj dot org

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