Thank you for visiting 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.

It is our hope that you will join us in raising awareness and funds at our upcoming beefsteak dinner on Friday, September 28, 2018. This fun event will start at 7 PM and take place at the Passaic Valley Elks Lodge #2111 located at 1 Fellner Place in Totowa, NJ, 07512. Invite your colleagues and clients to this fun event and enjoy delicious food, desserts and the “live music” of NO COVER BAND. Be an integral part of our critical outreach for the children.


Child Who Inspired A.S.K. is Honored!


We are excited to report that JJ is now an alternate ambassador for the New Jersey Elks!! Last week he was treated royally by the Passaic Valley Elks in Wildwood, NJ … and what a grand parade and celebration it was!

More News About A.S.K.!

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


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


ShamRock’s “Concert for Kidz III” was a hit!

Thank you ShamRock School of Music, LaNeve’s Banquets and guest performer Lou Pallo. We extend a special thanks to the following sponsors Pequannock Chamber of Commerce, Pequannock UNICO, Linda D’Amico’s Dance Academy, LaNeve’s Banquets,Knights of Columbus Council John Bruggeman Acoustic Rock, North Jersey Elks Developmental Disabilities Agency (NJEDDA), U.S. Financial Services, Felician School for Exceptional Children, Farmer’s Insurance, Steve Cappuccio of Cappuccio Homes, Al Russo of Sounds of Sinatra and BCB Community Bank of Fairfield.


If you would like to learn more about A.S.K. resources or sponsorships, please call Joanne Howard at 973-521-0433. We appreciate our friends listed below for their help this year:

Cheer Me Up Foundation, Rainbow Speech Therapy, Salomone Redi Mix and the Passaic Valley Rotary and BAYADA Pediatrics.

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.