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CNY Autism Society 2016 "one piece at a time" Autism Awareness Walk

Join our local community as we recognize Autism Awareness Month at the CNY Autism Society's 11th annual "one piece at a time" Autism Awareness Walk!

  • When: Saturday, April 16
  • Time: Registration: 9:00 AM, Walk: 10:00 AM
  • Where: Long Branch Park, Liverpool, NY
  • Fundraising Goal: $25,000

What to do: There will be family-friendly activities at the Park for walkers to enjoy, vendor tables to visit with opportunities to network, awareness items available to purchase, and light refreshments will be available. This walk route is disability-accessible.

How to participate: Create your own team of friends and family to participate in support of autism, or register to walk solo. Walkers also have the opportunity to help support community programs for individuals with autism. Contributions can be made online via the CNY Autism Society's Firstgiving site. Fundraising is not a requirement to participate in the Walk; there is no fee to participate. As always, our main goal is to raise awareness of autism and its related disorders in our community. Monies raised will enable our organization to continue to enrich our community with collaborative summer programming, recreational opportunities, continuing education, and assistance to families seeking supports/therapies. Any additional questions can be answered by emailing us at We look forward to seeing you there!

To register, go to:

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.

Specific camp dates to be announced soon.

East Area YMCA @ SACC Room in Fayetteville, NY

Children must between the ages of
5-8yrs. old on July 1, 2016

North Area YMCA @ Roxboro Elementary School in Mattydale, NY

Children must be between the ages of
5-9 yrs. old on July1, 2016

Space is limited. Regular camp fees apply.

For further information please contact

iCan Shine Bike program

Once again, plans are well underway to host another amazing iCan Ride Bike camp during the 2016 summer!

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.

Volunteers are also needed for this exciting opportunity to spot participants alongside the bikes... please consider getting involved, as it is such a rewarding an enriching experience for all!

Details will be forthcoming...stay tuned!

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

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

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.

"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!

Thank you to John's Auto Care!  

Many thanks to John's Auto Care for its continuous support of our organization and local autism community!

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!

CNY Autism Society Logo Wear

Check out the latest and greatest in CNY Autism Society shirts, sweats, and sweatshirts. Adult and youth sizes are available.

Direct questions to Lisa Banac at

Fill out the Order Form and follow instructions to place order.


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!


2016 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!


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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