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Fantastic Friends: A great social opportunity for NJ teens with special needs

Hello! My name is Marissa Hacker and I am the National Child Awareness Month (NCAM) New Jersey Youth Ambassador and also the founder of a nonprofit organization called Fantastic Friends.

This year for my Ambassadorship project, I am on a mission to travel to different inclusive social programs in New Jersey and help spread awareness about the need for these programs. I started a campaign called NJF.R.I.E.N.D. (New Jersey Facilitating Resource Improvement Empowering New Development), to help connect people with disabilities and special needs to these inclusive social programs.

Fantastic Friends is an inclusive social group for tweens, teens, and young adults with special needs. Every month Fantastic Friends holds a themed social function in a South Jersey location.

I have some members in my organization that have Tourette Syndrome, and I would like to connect with more people who have Tourette Syndrome. I would also like to help spread more awareness for Tourette Syndrome, while also blogging about Fantastic Friends events that are always open to new friends and volunteer friends.

Being a sibling of a brother who has Autism, I know the struggles that come along with having a disability. I see that the biggest problem that people with disabilities face is social isolation. I am looking forward to your feedback! Thank you very much!

NJCTS Admin

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