About Our Programs

Funds raised from Go the Distance for Autism support educational and treatment programs for children and adults with autism in Northern New Jersey.  Go the Distance’s four beneficiaries, Alpine Learning Group, EPIC School, Garden Academy and the REED Foundation for Autism, spread much needed awareness and directly impact the lives of children, adults and their families living with autism. Over the past 10 years, Go the Distance for Autism has raised over $7,000,000 from thousands of participants and donors just like you.

Click on any of the benefitting organizations below to learn more.

Alpine Learning Group is Bergen County's comprehensive resource for families living with autism. Offering a full range of diagnostic and clinical services, along with established programs in education, in-home treatment, and adult services, we meet the challenge of autism with science and compassion.

In 1988, Alpine Learning Group opened its doors as one of the nation's first nonprofit autism education centers. As autism awareness and autism treatment have grown and changed, Alpine Learning Group has grown with the field, the science, and the community. Our mission: We transform the lives of individuals with autism and their families by providing innovative, comprehensive, and scientifically-validated services across the life span. Visit Alpine Learning Group's website here. You can visit Alpine's event page here.

The Educational Partnership for Instructing Children (EPIC) is a non-profit school dedicated to providing educational services for individuals with autism spectrum disorder. The EPIC School uses the highly effective, scientifically documented method of applied behavior analysis to teach new skills and increase independence. This data-based approach provides a learning environment in which each individual student can reach his or her full potential. To find out more information about the EPIC School, visit The Epic School here or click on our logo. You can visit EPIC's event landing page by clicking here.

Garden Academy improves the lives of individuals with autism and their families through a behavior analytic approach to education, outreach to communities, and ongoing contributions to the scientific field. Located in West Orange, New Jersey, Garden Academy was founded by parents and community members in 2005 to respond to a shortage of high-quality educational services for individuals with autism. Our program emphasizes teaching our students skills that promote independence and inclusion in the community. To find out more information about Garden Academy click here or click on our logo. You can visit Garden Academy's event page by clicking here.

The REED Foundation for Autism is a non-profit organization providing individuals with autism the opportunity to learn, live, work, and thrive at every stage of their lives. Our goal is to advance public awareness and drive new resources and programs that benefit children and adults on the autism spectrum.

Our programs and areas of impact include: REED Academy, a private, non-profit school in Oakland, NJ, for students ages 3 to 21. For adults ages 21 and older, the REED Next Day Program delivers comprehensive supports and services including job training, employment opportunities, community integration, and assistance with daily life skills. REED Next Residential Services provides supported and supervised housing options that meet the individual needs of adults with autism—and their families. Visit the REED Foundation for Autism website here. You can visit REED’s event page here.



Autism is a neurobiological-based developmental disability that emerges during a child’s first three years of life. Currently, 1 in 59 children are diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder in the United States. Here in New Jersey, that number is 1 in 34.  Autism is more prevalent than childhood cancer, juvenile diabetes and pediatric AIDS combined. Children with autism display marked impairments in communication and social relatedness and demonstrate a restricted range of interests and behavior. Significant deficits in language and socialization may place children with autism at risk for developing severe behavior problems such as tantrums, aggression, and self-injury. Autism knows no racial, ethnic or social boundaries.

Every child with autism faces unique challenges, and every family affected by autism needs reliable support and expert guidance.  With early intensive behavioral intervention, children with autism and their families can meet autism's challenges and reach their maximum potential.