Thank you for joining America’s Special Kidz (A.S.K.) online! This site has been created to provide parents, educators, physicians and business professionals with the most comprehensive resources for children and adults with disabilities and special needs.

A.S.K. Founder Honored!

Peggy Walsh of the New Jersey Council of Administrators of Special Education (CASE) honored Joanne Bastante-Howard for her commitment to families and the development of the A.S.K. print and online resources. HOMEPAGE

Mayor Keith Kazmark and the Woodland Park Council honored Ms. Howard of A.S.K. along with three other Woodland Park residents for their significant contribution to the community.1239613_10154050148844516_1837293831284402921_n

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Andrew AndersonfixedWe would like to thank all of our donors, volunteers, advertisers, event attendees, including Andrew “The Reinforcer” Anderson. We extend a special thanks to Stop & Shop and ShamRock School of Music of Pompton Plains and other local sponsors including K&S Music, Linda D’Amico’s Dance Academy, LaNeve’s Banquets, Raymond Jackson, Jr., the Passaic Valley Elks Lodge #2111, Knights of Columbus Council #240, Northeast Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Dr. David Fontanella of Totowa’s Center for Pain Management, the Tasso family, the DeBonte family, Ronald Giles, Daisy Unisex Beauty Salon and Frank’s Restaurant in Haledon.

If you would like to learn more about A.S.K. resources or sponsorships, please call Joanne Howard at 973-521-0433.

We would like to also acknowledge Joe LoBianco PhotographyCheer Me Up Foundation, Rainbow Speech Therapy, Salomone Redi Mix, John Bruggeman Acoustic Rock, Brian Ebert and the Passaic Valley Rotary,

On behalf of the families, thank you for being a valuable part of this worthy mission. We couldn’t do it without you!


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Joanne Bastante-Howard is a resident of New Jersey, a mother of a child with Down syndrome and a graduate of Rutgers University. She has a genuine love for children and has been raising awareness for children with disabilities for over nine years.

Prior to launching America’s Special Kidz, Ms. Howard had a successful 25-year career in marketing and research on both the agency and client side. After her son was born, she desired to put her creative and researching expertise to work to help our most valuable asset, our children.