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Upcoming Events & News:
"one piece at a time" Autism Awareness Walk

This year we celebrated our 10th annual 2015 “one piece at a time” Walk! It was a great success with larger attendance than ever, despite the chilly temperature! There were many familiar faces, and lots of new ones, too…what a perfect way to finish out Autism Awareness Month!

We would specifically like to thank the Kohl’s Autism and Related Disorders Program of the Margaret L. Williams Developmental Evaluation Center and Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital for its generous support of this event. It was great having the First Responders presence this year, and we specifically thank Onondaga County Sheriff Gene Conway and officers from the County Sheriff's Department as well as officers from the Town of Dewitt. And, it was wonderful having Newschannel 9's Beth Cefalu to emcee at the event! Thank you to all of our corporate and individual donors, and those who did fundraising for us, as well as our wonderful volunteers who helped make the day a success! These fundraising efforts will enable us to continue to sponsor our summer camp programs and recreational opportunities throughout the year, as well as implement new programs and forms of support, to benefit many in our local community! Many, many thanks! As always, we welcome feedback as to what types of programs and opportunities our families would like to see.

We also thank the many businesses, organizations, and individuals who helped ensure the success of the Walk, including:

  • Our wonderful volunteers
  • Wegman's
  • Pepsi
  • Dougherty's Party Services
  • Tim Horton's
  • Balloons Over Syracuse
  • Twisters Mobile DJ Co.

World Autism Awareness Day

Syracuse participated in World Autism Awareness Day on April 2 and lit up in blue!

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 6, 2015 - August 14, 2015

East Area YMCA @ SACC Room in Fayetteville, NY

Children must between the ages of
5-8yrs. old on July 1, 2015

North Area YMCA @ Roxboro Elementary School in Mattydale, NY

Children must be between the ages of
5-9 yrs. old on July1, 2015

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

Summer 2015 Programs

The CNY Autism Society is hosting an iCan Ride Bike program during the week of July 13 – July 17, 2015 at Bishop Ludden High School in Syracuse, NY.

The mission of iCan Ride 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.

This is an adaptive bicycling program. For many individuals with disabilities, mastering riding a bicycle can be a seemingly impossible task; however, with this camp, they can typically master it in less than a week’s time.

This camp opportunity is open to participants who are at least 8 years of age with a disability. In support of the CNY Autism Society’s mission, priority will be given to those campers with a diagnosis of an Autism Spectrum Disorder. If all spots are not filled, we will then open registration up to all campers with a disability. Camp sessions are 75 minutes in length Monday thru Friday; there are both daytime and evening sessions available.

There is a fee of $50 for participants with autism. For campers without an ASD diagnosis, the fee is $200 to offset camp costs.

Volunteers are also needed for this exciting opportunity to spot participants alongside the bikes.

For more information and/or to register and/or volunteer for this camp, please email or call 315-447-4466.

More information coming soon about our 6-week inclusive summer camps.

Camillus Police Department Golf Tournament supports CNYASA  

We would like to extend a big thank you to the Town of Camillus Police Department for hosting its 2014 Autism Invitational on Sunday, September 7, at the Camillus Country Club to support our CNY Autism Society. Many thanks to the following hole sponsors and donors of raffle items:

Hole Sponsors:

  • Camillus PBA
  • Harold C. Brown
  • Syracuse PBA
  • Precision Lawn & Snow
  • MacSource Communications, Inc.
  • Pies Guys
  • Kianka & Zollo, CPAs PC
  • Manlius PBA
  • Carl Richardson Blown Insulation & Painting
  • The O'Dell Family
  • Duncan Martial Arts Academy
  • Award Winning Landscapes
  • Auburn PBA
  • S.U. Dept. of Public Safety
  • Onondaga Sheriff OCSPA
  • Key Bank, Camillus Branch
  • Camillus Police Secretarial Staff
  • John & Heather LaFratta
  • Geddes PBA
  • Solvay PBA
  • The Deskin Family
  • Linda Mulherin, PGA Master Professional
  • The Roofing Guys

Raffle Donors:

  • Lowe's
  • Pies Guys
  • Syracuse University Lacrosse Program
  • Camillus Police Department
  • Bass Pro Shops
  • Post Etc
  • Home Depot
  • Lemoyne College Lacrosse Program
  • Munro Muffler
  • Ulta Beauty
  • Limp Lizard

Many, many thanks for organizing this fantastic event and for your support!!

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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