Reporting Monica Miller
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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) - Getting a decent education for special needs children can be difficult and that’s why one New Jersey dad and his daughter are hitting the road.
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Jon Singer of Tenafly and his 14-year-old daughter Rebecca, who suffers from a rare disorder with autistic tendencies, called Phelan-McDermid Syndrome, are starting their 10 day, 3,500-mile journey in midtown Manhattan.
They’re going on a 7-city tour in an RV to help other families in similar situations become stronger advocates for their children.
“[We want] to get that message out there about helping families just know that they’re not alone out there and that there’s a lot of resources so they can become stronger advocates,” says Singer.
The founder of Drive4Rebecca says they want to raise $1 million for charities dedicated to children with special needs and help their parents get a decent education for their children.
“If you have an advocate and there’s volunteer advocates that can help families or if you have the money to hire an attorney, which a lot of people do, the school districts respond differently to different families based on all those facts,” says Singer.
Singer and his family took a similar trip in 2002 and raised money to establish a school for children with autism – the REED Academy in Garfield, New Jersey.
You can check out the Drive4Rebecca tour at the Apple Store on 5th Avenue Friday at 5 p.m. or at the Whole Foods Market in Edgewater on Saturday at 9:30 a.m.
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The tour is scheduled to end in Los Angeles on April 23.