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.READ MORE: New Jersey Under State Of Emergency As Nor'easter Threatens Flood Prone Areas
“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.