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Last week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced new autism prevalence rates. According to the CDC report, the prevalence rate for autism is now 1 in 68, which is an increase of over 30% since the 2008 CDC report.

The Autism Society continues to be concerned with these increasing rates, and the Autism Society and its 110 state and local affiliates are ready and willing to assist this growing population, now in the millions, of individuals diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). We are committed to being more responsive to the needs of each person affected by autism.

The United States recognizes April as a special opportunity to educate the public about autism and issues within the autism community. Our Central New York Autism Society is holding a couple of special events this month in our local community. Our 9th annual "one piece at a time" Autism Awareness Walk is on Sunday, April 27 and the William Stillman Demystifying Autism Conference is on Tuesday, April 29...we hope you will join us at these events! See below for further details.

"one piece at a time" Autism Awareness Walk  

The CNY Autism Society is hosting its 9th annual "one piece at a time" Autism Awareness Walk on Sunday, April 27, 2014 at Long Branch Park in Liverpool! Registration begins at 9:15 and the Walk starts at 10am. Once again, there will be family-friendly activities at the Park for walkers to enjoy, vendor tables to visit with opportunities to network, and light refreshments will be available.

Walkers have the opportunity to join our fundraising efforts in support of this Walk directly online via the CNY Autism Society's Firstgiving site. Please feel free to create teams and collect donations; however, this is not a requirement to register and participate in the Walk. As always, our main goal is to raise awareness of autism and its related disorders in our community. Any additional questions can be answered by emailing us at

For a map of Long Branch Park, please visit Onondaga County Parks.

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Demystifying Autism from the Inside Out
with William Stillman
  • When: Tuesday, April 29, 2014
  • Time:   9am -4pm (Registration begins at 8:30am)
  • Where: Holiday Inn, 441 Electronics Pkwy, Liverpool, NY 13088

Anyone and everyone involved with individuals experiencing autism will want to attend, including persons on the spectrum, parents, grandparents, special and general education teachers, therapists, paraprofessional support staff, administrators, guidance counselors, psychologists, etc., for this enlightening workshop.

About the Workshop and William Stillman
As an adult with Asperger’s Syndrome, William Stillman’s message of reverence and respect has touched thousands nationally through his acclaimed autism workshops. His Demystifying Autism workshop is designed to guide participants toward a greater understanding and a heightened awareness of those who have an autism spectrum experience – from a purely non-clinical, anecdotal perspective based upon what people are telling us about their experience. This one day discussion lays the foundation of best practice approaches by presenting an overview of our collective differences and similarities in communication, social interaction, sensory, learning and movement. A short film puts images to these philosophies, and provides further testimony, from people who speak to their experience with autism. Participants will also experience two autism simulation exercises and leave the day with seven golden rules of autism.

William Stillman is a nationally-known autism spectrum speaker and author, and has worked in the human services field since 1987. The award-winning author’s books include Demystifying the Autistic Experience, The Everything Parent’s Guide to Children with Asperger’s Syndrome, Empowered Autism Parenting, and Autism and the God Connection.
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$20 Individuals on the Spectrum, Parents, and Family Members
$40 Professionals
Buffet Lunch Provided

Please email the registration form to
If charging the Registration Fee, please click on "donate to the CNY ASA" and enter "Stillman Conference" in the "instructions to seller" field.

This workshop is being hosted by the Central New York Autism Society.

Inclusive Summer Camp Program
For Children with Autism

CNY ASA’s collaboration with the East Area and North Area YMCA provides an Inclusive Summer Camp Recreational Program for children with a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder.

This is a 6 week summer camp recreational program. Special Education support staff will be provided by CNY ASA.

The camps will run from July 7, 2014 - August 15, 2014

East Area YMCA @ SACC Room in Fayetteville, NY

Children must between the ages of
5-8yrs. old on July 1, 2013

North Area YMCA @ Roxboro Elementary School in Mattydale, NY

Children must be between the ages of
5-9 yrs. old on July1, 2013

Space is limited. Regular camp fees apply.

Registration Form, please fill out and send to address listed on form or email to

For further information please contact

"Autism Awareness Night"  

Many thanks to the SUNY Cortland Red Dragons Men's Hockey Team for hosting its "Autism Awareness Night" game on December 7, 2013; the Red Dragons raised money to benefit CNY ASA, and many local businesses and individuals donated and/or contributed items to be raffled off during the game. In addition, the team wore unique, custom-made puzzle-piece jerseys during the game, which were auctioned off during the week following the game, with the proceeds going to CNY ASA. Thank you to Cortland junior defenseman Jeff Vanzant for organizing this great event!

CNY ASA - iCan Ride Bike Program, formerly known as "Lose the Training Wheels"

CNY ASA hosted an incredibly successful iCan Ride camp during June 23-June 28, 2013 at the SRC Arena on the OCC Campus in Syracuse. The mission of this camp is to teach individuals with disabilities to ride a conventional two wheel bicycle and become lifelong independent riders. This achievement, in turn, creates a gateway of opportunity, helping them gain assurance and self-reliance in many other aspects of their lives. Filled to maximum capacity, there were 40 amazing and enthusiastic campers participating in one of five daily sessions, over 50 incredible volunteers, and so many inspiring success stories!

We thank everyone who was involved to help make this week a success, including the campers and their families who came out each day and kept pedalling, the volunteers who gave so much of their time and efforts motivating and encouraging our special campers (and they also got quite a physical workout each session while spotting our bikers!), and the iCan Shine organization. A big thank you, also, to our local sponsors of this event for their support and making this camp possible, including

  • The TJX Companies
  • SRC, Inc.
  • John's Auto Care
  • Ha! Ha! for Autism Awareness
  • the Syracuse Funny Bone Comedy Club Restaurant
  • Gianelli Sausage
  • Salina Ace Custom Printing


Thank you to John's Auto Care!  

Many, many thanks to John's Auto Care (2045 Milton Ave. in Solvay), who recently presented CNY ASA with a $1,000 check from the sale proceeds from its coffee tumblers, which are now sold out! We are so grateful for John's continuous support of our organization and mission. Look up and like John's on Facebook!


Help support CNY ASA by purchasing jewelry!

Lennon's Autism Jewelry

Lennon's Jewelers a local jeweler to the CNY area has developed an Autism line of jewelry at the request of many families. Tom McLaughlin's designs and his story behind his "Hands with puzzle pieces" can be found at He has custom pieces starting at $ 49, a portion of all proceeds is donated back to autism awareness.

Please when purchasing an item mention you are from CNYASA and the portion from your sale will be donated to this organization.

CNY ASA is excited to be amongst the charities benefiting from the Embrace the Difference Initiative. The Embrace the Difference symbol was created to promote acceptance, as well as to raise funds for organizations that work to make this vision a reality. A portion of the proceeds of each item purchased from the Embrace the Difference jewelry line can now be donated to our local chapter. Each purchase is accompanied by a donation card with a unique code, to be redeemed online, where the recipient can choose the participating charity of their choice to benefit. These items are produced and available exclusively at Reeds Jewelry Stores, one being located in DeWitt. To learn more about this program, visit


CNY ASA Spectrum Support now has a Facebook Group!

Post topics of interest and get real-time feedback from others in the CNY autism community! You must request to join the group, and unless you are a member, you cannot read or post in the group. Information is private from the general Facebook population.

Spectrum Support is a peer-to-peer service for parents, caregivers and professionals of individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder, seeking support and peer guidance throughout their journey, now and into the future. You don't need to be a member of CNY ASA to be a member of this group, so please spread the word and join us!


2013 Giving

Please remember CNY ASA as you plan your charitable giving. The Autism Society of America is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization and CNY ASA is an associate member Chapter in good standing. Your donations are greatly appreciated and will help our local Chapter continue to make a positive impact in our community. Donations can be sent to: CNY ASA, 4465 E. Genesee St, PMB 252, DeWitt, NY 13214-2242.

In addition, if your company participates in United Way giving, please consider writing in CNY ASA as your organization of choice. Thank you!


Autism Society Publications

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CNY ASA is on Facebook!

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Get Involved!

CNY ASA is looking for volunteers for our Awareness, Fund Development and Programming Committees as well as individuals who may be interested in joining our Board to promote our mission, brainstorm ideas, and make a difference in our community.
If you would like more information, please e-mail us with your area of interest at

Raise Money for CNY ASA by GoodSearching!

You can help raise money for CNY ASA every time you search the Internet or shop online. is a search engine that donates half its revenue to the charities its users designate. You use it just as you would any search engine, and it's powered by Yahoo!, so you get great results. is a new online shopping mall which donates a percentage of each purchase to your favorite cause. More than 100 stores have teamed up with GoodSearch and every time you place an order, you'll be supporting CNY ASA. Just go to and be sure to enter Autism Society of America - Central New York Chapter as the charity you want to support.
And, be sure to spread the word!

The Central New York Chapter of the Autism Society of America (CNY ASA) serves the Central NY region. We are a group of parents and professionals dedicated to improving the quality of life for individuals with autism in our community and beyond. We hold monthly meetings at The Jowonio School in Syracuse on various topics relating to Autism, and do our best to educate the local community about Autism in general.

If you reside in the Syracuse area, please call 315-447-4466 or email at:

For more information on Autism, visit the National ASA website at:

Additional Local Resources

For more information on our Central New York community and additional resources, visit and



The CNY ASA is committed to assisting families affected by autism, reaching out to the community to promote awareness, disseminate information and provide educational and recreational programming. The CNY ASA seeks to combine efforts with complementary organizations to positively impact the lives of individuals living with an autism spectrum disorder.



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