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.

It is our hope that you will join us in raising awareness and funds at our upcoming wine tasting on Sat., April 28, 2018 at 7 PM at Modiani, 46 South Dean Street in Englewood. It’s Bergen county’s beautiful showroom. Invite your colleagues and clients to this networking event and enjoy delicious food, desserts and “live music.” Help us ensure that we continue our critical outreach for the children.

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

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.