Click on the links below for more information!
How to bring Pajama Day to your school district
Click here for a letter from me to the School, a flyer for the school, and a letter of support from Anderson Center For Autism.
The Story Behind Pajama Day
Hi, my name is Abby Edwards. I’m a senior at Westhampton Beach High school and getting ready to graduate and go on to college. I have two older brothers, Josh and Riley. Josh is now a college graduate and has started working towards his career. My brother Riley is autistic, he attends and resides at his school, Anderson Center For Autism which is upstate New York.
Since 2017 I have been coordinating an Annual Pajama Day Fundraiser with the amazing participation from many school districts across the state, friends, family and community members. Together raising over $38,000 in honor of my brother Riley, supporting his school Anderson Center For Autism, and promoting Autism Awareness.
The CDC now reports that 1 in 44 individuals are identified with ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) compared to last year's statistic of 1 in 54. The continuous increase of this number calls for the creation of an inclusive and accepting environment for all individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
My siblings and I are very close, and having Riley living away from home was and still is difficult, but my family and I know that Riley and his peers are cared for so much at Anderson, which has made it easier for us. Anderson Center For Autism’s mission is to optimize the quality of life for children and adults on the spectrum. This is why I need to continue to do my part, to ensure that Riley and all that attend Anderson have that opportunity, to live their best life.
In the past five years, Pajama Day has been very successful. This success is due to all of you and your tremendous support and generosity. Together we need to continue to promote awareness, acceptance and raise funds so that Anderson Center for Autism can continue to provide services and programs such as being members of the Blue knights, participating in the special olympics, the art program, cooking, gardening and so many more social and academic experiences.
The 6th annual Pajama Day fundraiser will be held on. Friday, April 29, 2022. Please join in! Consider donating and don’t forget to wear your Pajamas!
Show your support and post in your PJ's!! You can post on anything: Instagram, Twitter, TikTok... Make sure to use the hashtag #AutismAwarenessPJDay22 and tag @Anderson Center For Autism and our pajama day account @AutismAwarenessPJDay. For Facebook posts- join our Facebook group and post there - Autism Awareness Pajama Day
I'm so excited to see your Pajama Day fun!
How to support Pajama Day and donate
Any donation is so appreciated!
Your Pajama Day ticket!!
As you're wearing your Pajamas on Friday, April 29th, 2022, remember that you are promoting Autism Awareness which has become even more important as there has been an update in the statistics of individuals diagnosed with Autism. The new statistic is 1 in 44, an increase since the previous years, where last year was 1 in 54. Because of the growing numbers of individuals diagnosed with Autism, we must promote an environment of acceptance and inclusion. Students are asked to wear their Pajamas to school on Friday, April 29 and donate $3 or more. If you would like to donate online, this is the place to do so. Any donation is so appreciated and will help continue the programs and services offered to individuals at Anderson Center For Autism. You can post your Pajama Day pictures on Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, Twitter, etc... and use the hashtag #AutismAwarenessPJDay22
I'd love to see your PJ Day fun!
Join us for a day of fun and promoting Autism Awareness!
Join us for this year's 6th annual Pajama Day fundraiser on Friday, April 29, 2022! Pajama day supports Anderson Center For Autism and promotes Autism Awareness within our communities. The statistic of individuals diagnosed with Autism has increased to 1 in 44, as opposed to just last year where it was 1 in 54. Because of the growing numbers of individuals diagnosed with Autism, we must promote an environment of acceptance and inclusion. Anderson Center For Autism provides programs and services to individuals with Autism and has a mission to optimize each individuals life, day by day. If you would like to support this year's Pajama Day, you can visit the donation page linked below. If you are joining us and wearing Pajamas I'd love to see your participation! You can post on Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, Twitter, etc... and use the hashtag #AutismAwarenessPJDay22
Together we are making a difference.
Want your school district to join in on Pajama Day? Here's how...
School Faculty and Parents!!! Do you want your school to participate in the Pajama Day Fun!? Present these resources linked below to a school administrator, and host this Pajama Day fundraiser in your school district! Email me to let me know you're interested!
Students!!! This is an amazing opportunity for you to receive many community service hours! If you are interested in getting your school involved, visit the links below and present them to a school administrator. Email me to let me know you're interested and I can help you organize this with your school!