About Us

Nadine Wright-Arbubakrr, Founder, Nassan’s Place

My name is Nadine Wright-Arbubakrr and I am the mother of Nassan, an amazing child with autism. The day that my precious son was diagnosed with autism was the start of a new life’s journey that I had no idea would change my life forever.

As a parent of a child with ASD, I know the importance of continuous teaching, it is key to a more productive quality of life and personal growth. The lack of accessible, affordable and quality, educational and recreational, programs in my urban community caused me to think, why not open a center within my community that could meet the additional needs of children with ASD. Hence, my dream of opening a 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Corporation called Nassan’s Place.

Nassan’s Place is a organization that is providing accessible and affordable educational and recreational programs on Saturdays that are helping to enhance a child’s educational and social needs.




To provide accessible and affordable, educational and recreational programs for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in the urban communities of Essex County, New Jersey.

To provide support services and resources for children and families affected by Autism.

Provide low to moderate income families the opportunity to receive quality and affordable care for their children in a safe and carefree environment.



Help maximize each child’s full potential and ability to become more independent and successful in today’s society.

Provide children and families affected by Autism access to affordable, educational and recreational programs while also providing support services and resources.



Of the 152 or more Special Education Programs that specialize in ASD in New Jersey, only about 22 offer after school programs of which none offer the extended hours and days that Nassan’s Place would offer to children in an inner city community.



Nadine Wright- Arbubakrr- President and founder of Nassan’s Place a mother and advocate for children with Autism. Holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business Management and Marketing and over twenty five years of managerial experience.

Sharnette Vidal – Vice President

Patricia Wilson – Treasurer -VP of Human Resource at City National Bank in Newark, NJ and an aunt of a child with autism.

Portia Lowery – Secretary – Educator with a Master Degree in Special Education and the mother of two sons diagnosed with Autism.

Gloria Jones – Office Manager at social service agency in East Orange, NJ, Business Owner, attended Fashion Institute of Technology (Buying & Marketing).

Ted Green – Mayor of the City of East Orange

TiKeesha N. Drake – Administrative Assistant for over 18 years at Essex County College at the West Essex Campus. Holds an Associate degree from Essex County College and a Bachelor’s degree from Montclair State University in Accounting/Business. Over 20 years of experience in business and education in early childhood and higher learning. Mother of three and aunt of Nassan.

Catherine Cruz

Aisha Rich

Osner Charles

One Comment

  • Heather Primus

    My name is Heather, I’m a behavior analyst (BCaBA) and I currently work with people of all ages on the Autism spectrum. I am from Newark and I still live in Newark and I’d like to possibly meet with you to discuss the need for Registered Behavior Technicians to work in this field who are trained properly. As you may know it’s a high demand field but our people are out of the loop. I feel it’s critical to create awareness around a rewarding career where people who look like us are equipped to work with our children and are eager to work in our community. Let’s chat.



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