The Mosca family created a support group called Families for Autistic Children in April 2002, after their son Kyle was diagnosed with PDD-NOS. They were interested in learning more about autism, and in meeting others families facing the same diagnosis. This was a time when the internet was in its infancy, and people preferred to find their information in a face-to-face manner. There were no support organizations in the area which dealt exclusively with autism spectrum disorders, other than ASPEN, which was mainly for children with Asperger Syndrome. The Moscas wanted a place where everyone could feel welcome and supported. After a meeting with then Assemblyman Francis Blee, they decided to start their own group. It was called Families For Autistic Children.
The need for services in South Jersey was great, so they gathered others to create awareness and support by hanging flyers in stores. Isabelle Mosca received over 200 phone calls and over 60 people in attendance at a preliminary meeting, after an article was printed in the Press of Atlantic City in May 2002.
As a result, the group developed immediately into a non-profit, with the help of other dedicated families including the Philippis, the Cowans, the Seegers, the Elmers, the Kellys, the Mittlemans, and the Mullins.
FACES 4 Autism supports and educates families, professionals and the community about autism through family activities, community awareness programs, and educational events through out the year. All are included and welcomed on our journey.
"There are no cookie-cutter solutions to autism. Each child has a unique recipe for success."