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.

We are extremely thankful for all of the businesses and families that have locked arms with us. To that end, we are proud to report ShamRock’s “Concert for Kidz V”

was a success! It was an amazing way to celebrate ShamRock’s 10-year anniversary while raising financial resources to help our precious families.

The concert collected $5,000 thanks to ShamRock School of Music and the following sponsors: Lakeview Learning Center in Wayne, Pequannock UNICO, Pequannock Chamber of Commerce and the “New” LaNeve’s Banquets located in Haledon, NJ.

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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.

1239613_10154050148844516_1837293831284402921_nIf you would like to learn more about A.S.K. please call Joanne Howard at 973-521-0433 or email her at Joanne@americaspecial kidz.org.

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.