Sidekicks Newsletter

Monthly Newsletter

Superhero of the Month – Giovanni
Sidekick of the Month – Tia 

Superhero Highlight - Giovanni Written by Giovanni’s Sidekick Chris
Giovanni is a 23 year old young man with so many awesome qualities. He is full of enthusiasm and energy and loves when you show the same. Giovanni enjoys classic movies and shows such as Honey I Shrunk the Kids and Snow White and The Seven Dwarves. Giovanni has a very loving family and enjoys other people's company. One of Giovanni's favorite things to do is go to the gym to exercise or go to the park to play basketball. He also enjoys McDonald's and a vanilla ice cream cone as a treat after a long day of fun! I've had the pleasure of sharing these experiences with Giovanni and I look forward to enjoying bright sunny days with him in the summer!

Sidekick Highlight - Tia
When I first heard about Sidekicks, I was instantly drawn to the idea of providing relief and support to Superheroes and their families. What I didn't know was how much these Superheroes would end up helping me. My Superheroes teach me every day how I can better serve individuals with disabilities, and being able to support their growth in return has been the most rewarding experience. Watching these kids thrive and knowing I've been a part of that process is unlike any other feeling, and I hope I bring them as much joy as they have brought me. I am lucky to see firsthand how much of an impact Sidekicks makes on these families lives, and I am proud to work for such a passionate company!
Sidekicks Support Blog
A Thank You Note to Our Super Moms and Super Dads
By Sarah E. Siering, M.A., BCBA 

It’s hard to believe, but here we are, halfway between Mother’s Day and Father’s Day already!  While I can’t make every Sidekicks parent a finger painting for the fridge or a macaroni picture frame (even though I’d like to!) I still want to take a moment to let you all know how much we here at Sidekicks appreciate you.

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Scatter Sunshine
Scatter Sunshine is a philanthropic foundation focused on raising funds that will be used to sponsor young horseback riders with special needs—allowing exceptional children the chance to overcome their physical and cognitive challenges and recognize their incredible potential. 

This organization was founded in Rachel’s name.  Rachel was a superhero who battled many challenging fights in her life but was still able to scatter sunshine in many people’s lives that she touched.  Rachel proved that you should never underestimate the courage of a Superhero.  For more information on Rachel’s story and the Scatter Sunshine foundation visit:

Scatter Sunshine will be holding a fundraising event on June 6th to help grow their mission. 
NEW Website Updates!
Check out our updated website! We have new information on our services and our program along with helpful resources for parents

Click here to check them out!
Join the Sidekicks Team!
Interested in being a Sidekick and joining our team? We are looking for dedicated individuals who are passionate about making a difference in the lives of our Superheroes.  As a Sidekick, you have the opportunity to grow with our program, gain a rewarding experience, and learn from our experienced executive staff.   If you know someone who is interested in joining our team, please fill out our employment form by clicking the link below.
Rodeo is coming to town!
The Rodeo for Special Friends are invited to a special showing of the Rodeo and will be sensitive to sounds.  This event will be at Daube Farm at 361 Sunset Road Skillman, New Jersey on June 10th and the show starts at 11:00 am.  

To attend, you need to RSVP by June 2nd to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  

They will put your name on the list and all you have to do is show up with family and pick up tickets at Will Call.  It is that simple. Take the family and friends with your son or daughter and enjoy the rodeo.
Governor Christie Signs S1825/A3432 into Law
On May 1, 2017 Governor Christie signed S1825/A3432 into law! This bill will allow New Jersey to establish a task force to study and make recommendations concerning mobility and support services needs of NJ adults with autism spectrum disorder. None of this would be possible without the great work and support of Senators Sarlo, Sarlo, Cruz-Perez, Gordon for sponsoring bill S1825 and Assemblyman Greenwald, Assemblywoman Lampitt, Assembly Dan Benson, Assemblywoman Marlene Caride, and Assemblyman Nicholas Chiaravalloti for sponsoring A3432.  

Stay tuned for any future results from this study.  If you have a child with autism it will generate additional discussion on how we provide transportation services to our autism population.    

Click here to read the bill.
Has this ever happened to you in public?
You are out with your child and in a grocery store or department store and then your child spins around jumping, hopping, screaming, yelling and or crying?  It happens a lot and while you are doing your parenting, here comes another parent or a store employee to ask if you can remove your child from the store.  Then you hear these people whisper under there breathe why she or he not punished the child.  Sometimes, police and child services from the state are called to investigate.
It can be an embarrassing moment.  But one we have all not grown thick skinned about.  This is one way of telling these people to chill, relax I have it under control.   Perhaps the public needs to know: "Questions are appreciated, Parenting advice is not!"

This is all we ask in return.  To understand and accept others who cannot express or defend for themselves.
Allies Community Music Night
This is a great event for Special Needs Adults!  Bring the Family.  Let Bob Valluzzo our Community Resource Manager if you have an interest to attend.  You can reach him at:

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for further information about this great musical event and dinner.
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