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Upcoming Events & News:
2015 Autism Invitational Golf Tournament

Many, many thanks to Sergeant Jim Nightingale of the Camillus Police Department for organizing the 2nd annual Autism Invitational to benefit the CNY Autism Society on Sunday, September 13, at the Camillus Country Club. Thanks to Jim' s efforts, this was a tremendously successful and enjoyable event! In addition to Jim, we would like to thank all of our sponsors, raffle prize donors, and the golfers who participated. THANK YOU for your generous support!

Dinner Sponser:

  • Limelight Health

Hole Sponsers:

  • Asil's Pub
  • Auburn PBA
  • Award Winning Landscapes
  • Camillus PBA
  • Camillus Police Secretary Staff
  • Carl Richardson Blown Insulation & Painting
  • Coldwell Banker Camillus
  • Crete Scapes
  • Deli-Boy, Inc.
  • The Deskin Family
  • Dig Safely New York
  • Duncan Martial Arts Academy
  • Geddes PBA
  • Harold C. Brown
  • Key Bank
  • Kianka & Zollo CPA's, PC
  • John & Heather LaFratta
  • Mac Source Communications, Inc.
  • Majorpalooza, Inc.
  • Manlius PBA
  • Meridian IT
  • MONEY Federal Credit Union
  • Mowers Plus
  • Linda Mulherin, PGA Pro
  • NYSP Investigators Association
  • The O'Dell Family
  • Onondaga County Chapter of Chiefs of Police
  • Pies Guys
  • Plaza Liquor Store
  • Precision Lawn & Snow
  • Postetc
  • The Roofing Guys, Inc.
  • Solvay PBA
  • Syracuse PBA
  • SU Department of Public Safety
  • The Wildcat PizzaPub
  • The Wilmsmeyer Family

We also are most grateful to the many raffle prize donors, including Lisa Banac, Wildcat PizzaPub, Solace Healing, Antonio's, Applebee's, Asil's Pub, and Monro Muffler Brake & Service.

Research Study Opportunities

1. Researchers at Syracuse University's Care Lab are looking for children with ASD and typically-developing children between the ages of 7-16 to participate in a study about how brains develop differently in typical children and those with ASD, particularly regarding how they process and put together information that they see, hear, and touch. Participants must be able to go to the CNY Medical Center on the Syracuse University Campus a few times, where they will complete tests measuring their thinking and language abilities, along with parents completing questionnaires (typically, 2-3 hours, including breaks). In another session, participants will complete computer-based tests, in which they will wear an electrode cap, with sensors measuring brain activity (typically, 2-3 hours, including breaks). The cap is safe, painless, and non-invasive. The testing can be completed in two visits but, based on individual pacing and possible need for follow-up testing, additional visits may be necessary. Child participants will be paid $10/hour for their participation, and they will be contributing to science!

To learn more, or get involved in this study:
Contact: Dr. Natalie Russo at (315) 443-2024 or email the Care Lab at

2. Master's Candidate Jackie DeBartelo is working on her thesis; as part of her thesis, she is looking for parents of children between the ages 3-5 years with ASD, who also have a limited food variety in their diet. The study will run for 12 weeks in the parent's/child's home, and the treatment will be given by the parents. The study includes an interview, parent training, a parent-delivered treatment, and parent data collection.

For more information or to register to participate:
Contact: Jackie at (315)727-5087 or via email to

3. The Virginia Tech Autism Clinic in Blacksburg, VA is recruiting parents of children with autism to participate in a long-distance research study. This study aims to better understand the experience of siblings and parents of individuals on the Autism Spectrum. De-identified results will be used in Ms. Hassenfeldt's dissertation and may be published.

Who: Parents with 1) a child with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (Autism, Asperger's, or PDD-NOS) and 2) another typically-developing child. Children must currently live in the same home, and sibling without ASD must attend a public or private school. Participating parent must be primary caregiver.

What: Complete surveys by mail (60 minutes). You will be compensated $15 for your time.

Contact: Tyler Hassenfeldt - or (412) 600-8304

Successful iCan Ride Bike program

CNY Autism Society hosted another successful iCan Ride Bike program during the week of July 13 – July 17, 2015 at Bishop Ludden High School in Syracuse, NY. We are pleased to report that we were able to fill the program to its maximum capacity, and we had so many "happy campers" bike riding by week's end. Everyone made so much progress, and it is always so inspiring to see the excitement and pride of our campers and their families! We especially thank the many volunteers who donated their time and efforts during the week to spot our campers as they learned to ride; without them, we couldn't have done it!

We also want to thank this year's sponsors, including:

  • Acadia Insurance
  • Witty Wicks Candles
  • BNY Mellon
  • "R" Diner
  • St. Joseph's Imaging Associates
  • John's Auto Care
  • Tecumseh's Learning Pad
  • Blackjack's Auto & RV Sales
  • Salina Ace
  • Gianelli Sausage

We hope to offer this fantastic program again in 2016; learn more about it at

"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

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!

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!


2015 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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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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