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Written On: Fri, 18 May 2012

PARAMUS, NJ – Autism affects approximately 1 in 88 individuals nationwide each year. In New Jersey, this figure increases to 1 in 49. Four northern NJ schools that serve individuals with autism are putting up some impressive numbers in an effort to combat these staggering figures.

On Sunday, May 6, more than 1,200 cyclists, families, volunteers, donors and sponsors. attended the third annual Go the Distance for Autism Bike Event at Bergen Community College. Riders of all ages cycled more than 15,000 miles and raised nearly $1,000,000 to support the educational programs for children and adults with autism at Alpine Learning Group, The EPIC School, Garden Academy and REED Academy.

“Through this wonderful and generous community of parents, teachers, staff, families, friends, and sponsors, the 2012 Go the Distance for Autism Bike Event was a great success and we have made significant progress towards our goals of helping our schools and the cause of autism awareness. We are ever so grateful to everyone who has given of their time, their labor and their resources in support of this cause,” said Barbara Strate, whose daughter attends the EPIC School in Paramus.

"We are truly humbled by the generosity of our families and the community at large," said Dr. Bridget Taylor, Founder and Executive Director of Alpine Learning Group. "To be close to a million dollars in our third year is a testament to the power of partnerships and a clear and well-articulated message: get involved and together we will make a difference in the lives of hundreds of individuals with autism and their families," continued Dr. Taylor.