April is Autism Awareness Month
Q&A with CNY-ASA's Kristine O'Brien
What exactly do you do and who do you serve? We serve the Central New York community by assisting parents of autistic children with programs and education regarding Autism.
We are a chapter of The Autism Society of America, but all our fundraising and programming stays local to our chapter. We provide bi-monthly seminars on topics surrounding autism. Along with that, for the past three years we have supported and developed an online parent support group on Facebook called Spectrum Support.
How will the donations you receive be used? All of our fundraising goes to support children with an Autism diagnosis. We provide help with recreational inclusive summer programs and family friendly events throughout the year. Things like sensory friendly movies, bounce house events, and Fall Family fun days. This will be our second year supporting persons with an autism spectrum diagnosis, ages 8 years and up in a bike riding program called iCan Ride.
The money we raise stays local, to help our CNY chapter.
Are you doing anything special for Autism Awareness Month? Yes, this year marks the 8th annual "One Piece at a Time" Autism Awareness Walk. The date this year is: April 27, 2013 at Long Branch Park. Typically we have over 1000 people walking and raising money for Autism Awareness.
Whats your favorite part about what you do? It's so much fun to see families enjoying each other at our walk, and our other family events. We love helping families be families!
What are your goals for the future? Our goals for the future are to continue to increase awareness and assist our families. We want to do this by supporting social skills classes, and developing a wider range of inclusive programs for children and families affected by autism.
Is there anything else you'd like to share? Our organization started in 2005 with five moms supporting each other and other families with newly diagnosed children. Since that time, we have grown to be the "go to" organization in the CNY area for education, awareness and guidance.
Make a Difference
If you would like to participate in our mini-session event, click here to register for your spot. Dates are April 13th and 20th, and all of the information can be found here. We really hope to see you there!
If you would like to make an additional donation, they can be sent directly to the organization at:
CNY ASA, 4465 E. Genesee St., PMB 252, Dewitt, NY 13214 or through Paypal at www.cnyasa.org