Who we are
Nassan’s Place is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation that is helping to make a difference in the lives of children and families affected by autism in and around under-served communities by providing educational and recreational programs, social outings, and resources.
The organization was founded 9 years ago by Nadine Wright-Arbubakkr, a mother of an autistic child, 16-year old Nassan so parents wouldn’t have to struggle to find affordable programs and services as she did.
Nassan's Place strives to maximize each child’s full potential and ability in order to become more independent and successful in today’s society. We aspire to offer services to families in a comfortable and stress-free environment, where children and caregivers can engage without the fear and pressures of social conformity. Families connecting through Nassan's Place will find love, friendship, hope, help, opportunities, acceptance, and support among each other and within the community!
Our mission is to provide:
• accessible and affordable, educational and recreational programs for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in and around under-served inner-city communities in New Jersey.
• support services, advocacy, and other resources for children and families affected by Autism.
• low to moderate-income families the opportunity to receive
What is Autism?
Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs) are developmental disabilities that cause substantial impairments in social interaction and communication and the presence of unusual behaviors and interests. Autism is an urgent and growing public health crisis that affects most individuals across their lifespan and demands a commensurate level of action from both the public and private sectors.
Autism Statistics in NJ
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), New Jersey has the HIGHEST rate of Autism in the nation!
The rate of autism among New Jersey’s children is 1 in 35 or 2.8% of 8-year-old children in an area of New Jersey were identified with ASD by NJAS in 2018.
This percentage is higher than the average identified with ASD (2.3%) in all communities in the United States where CDC tracked ASD in 2018. The national rate for autism is 1 in 44 children.