Each week, we’re thanking some amazing members of our community who help support Long Island’s autism families dealing with the COVID-19 crisis. By raising money, supplying food for group homes, or further supporting NSASA, these COVID-19 Heroes are a bright light in these dark and uncertain times.

Big thanks to Zoë Hutzler of Mantis Marketing, Michael, and Angela Carron of TLM Group, and their group, REWIRED for Autism! This collaboration by real estate, construction, and design professionals just raised $5,000 for our community and has raised nearly $1 Million for NSASA in the past twelve years. Thank you, REWIRED, Michael, Angela, and Zoë!

And a very big thank you to Amy Cusumano, who did a virtual Zumba fundraiser for NSASA, raising $2,300. Amy is a mom to five boys, and her oldest son has Autism. She works full time, and still managed to raise this incredible contribution! This is Zumba number nine! Thank you Amy!

If you’re also interested in making a donation to support the NSASA, contact Suzanne Reek at (516) 404-2306 or SReek@NSASA.org.

NSASA’S COVID-19 HEROES MAY 18TH

The Nassau/Suffolk Autism Society of America would like to take this time to thank some very important members of the community for their remarkable actions and generous donations during the Coronavirus outbreak.

Thank you to the Sunshine Foundation for the incredibly generous $5,000 grant. The NSASA will put it to great use during these rough and trying times.

Thank you, Christine and Marcelo Penas, for raising $850 for us through your virtual concert. You’ve truly created a unique and inspirational way to both raise donations and keep the people watching at home positive and entertained.

If you’re also interested in making a donation to support the NSASA, contact Suzanne Reek at (516) 404-2306 or SReek@NSASA.org

NSASA’S COVID-19 HEROES MAY 11TH

The Nassau/Suffolk Autism Society of America would like to take this time to thank some very important members of the community for their remarkable actions and generous donations during the Coronavirus outbreak.

Thank you Investors Bank for an amazing $4500 donation towards meals for group homes.

Thank you Anthony Calderera from Greek Street at 1021 Park Blvd, Massapequa Park, NY 11762 for treating three group homes and their staff to some delicious dinners.

Thank you Rob Renda and Alessa Renda for donating $600 and treating a group home for individuals with Autism in Melville this week. We have two more planned with the funds that you donated. There is a big smile behind the mask, grateful for a night off from cooking, happy for dinner from Outback.

If you’re also interested in making a donation to support the NSASA, contact Suzanne Reek at (516) 404-2306 or SReek@NSASA.org

COVID-19 Crisis Heroes

SYSCO Foods, Outback Merrick, Outback Commack, Bagel Biz, Carrabbas, LI Donors and NSASA step up to support Long Island group homes.

The COVID-19 crisis is affecting group homes for the developmentally disabled in unique and troubling ways. Individuals on the autism spectrum and others with developmental disabilities run the gamut from being incredibly capable with COVID-19 protective measures to having great difficulty. This disparity and disruption to long-standing routines are making prevention problematic. To make matters worse, caregivers are becoming infected and staff shortages are becoming an increasing problem.

To deal with the crisis and relieve some of the pressure, Nassau Suffolk Autism Society of America is partnering with very helpful and dedicated Long Island businesses to deliver food to group homes, giving staff the ability to concentrate on safety measures. Global distributor SYSCO Foods is providing food supplies while local business owners Jenny Medina of Outback Steakhouse Merrick, and George Michailidis of Outback Steakhouse Commack, along with Bagel Biz of Melville, and Carrabbas of Central Islip are cooking up dishes to deliver to the group homes. Rick Kaplan of BOUNCE and Cafe Testarossa of Syosset sponsored meals for a group home.

“These residents are particularly vulnerable”, says Suzanne Reek, Executive Director of NSASA. “We have been using our charity partner Outback Steakhouse to provide these delivered meals. Residents of these homes can not come home to their parents unless families are willing to take them home for a very long time. We use Outback because they have supported our group for more than ten years and have raised more than $200,000 for NSASA.”

Suzanne Reek and Assistant Director Michelle Iallonardi are coordinating the fundraising and food deliveries on NSASA’s Facebook page. You can donate to the effort here…

Welcome to NSASA

 

NSASA is a parent-run organization serving over 4,000 families on Long Island. Our mission is to support individuals with autism in our local community. 

Through our fundraising efforts, we are able to provide free educational, social, and recreational opportunities to families touched by autism. NSASA organizes a variety of events including rollerskating, private movie screenings, Outback Steakhouse luncheons, plays, bowling, and more! It is our goal to provide positive experiences for families in a non-judgmental, welcoming environment.

NSASA also provides grants to local school programs that serve children with autism. Through our program, we provide grants for technology, classroom materials, and community outings for autism programs.

We support education and advocacy at both the state and federal levels. The mission of the Autism Society of America (ASA) is to provide lifelong access and opportunities for all individuals within the autism spectrum, and their families, to be fully participating, included members of their community.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Autism Society of America is to provide lifelong access and opportunity for all individuals within the autism spectrum, and their families, to be fully participating, included members of their community. Education, advocacy at state and federal levels, active public awareness and the promotion of research form the cornerstones of ASA’s efforts to carry forth its mission.

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Join Us

To join NSASA, contact Lumardi@verizon.net

NSASA members who wish to attend our free events must complete and mail the NSASA Event Database Request Form in order to be added to our Event Eligibility List.

Please email Michele at Lumardi@verizon.net for more information.

All information is considered confidential and will be treated as such. If we do not have your information on file, we cannot issue confirmation for your attendance at our free events.

NSASA is a registered 501(c)(3). Our Tax ID# is 23-7438084.

 

NSASA Third Annual Golf Outing 2020

SAVE THE DATE! Wednesday, October 7th, 2020

NSASA’s 3rd Annual Golf Outing at Glen Head Country Club.

We are so excited about our new venue and our honoree this year, Eric Derector!

Please consider joining us for a great cause! Invitation to follow!

For those who want to pay online and by credit card, click the following link to purchase foursomes, individual golf slots, sponsorships, tee signs, golf signs, or to donate: https://www.planmygolfevent.com/34984-NSASAGolfOuting/index.html

For more information contact Suzanne Reek at sreek@nsasa.org

Download and Print the Brochure!

 

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Bike To The Beach 2020

Hello Everyone!

The Nassau/Suffolk Autism Society of America is participating in the Bike To The Beach for the 2nd year, and we are hoping to grow our team!

If you’d like to join us on this special bike ride to help raise money for individuals with Autism, you can sign up to ride 25, 50, or 100 miles for The NSASA.

For more info, you can visit our team page here:

https://my.biketothebeach.org/teampage.asp?fundid=8563

If you’d like to ride with us, please click where it says, [JOIN OUR TEAM]

If you can’t ride but would like to donate to the team, please click on Suzanne Reek or Michele Iallonardi’s page and donate to the team there.

 

Some Information About Our Team:

Join our team and help us support the cause! We are participating in an annual fundraising bike ride to raise money for Autism and disABILITIES.

Did you know that…

  • Every 21 minutes a child is diagnosed with Autism
  • 13% of our population that lives with a disABILITY.
  • Autism is the 2nd most prevalent developmental disorder in the world but receives less federal funding than any other disorder affecting children.
  • Only 15% of these with an intellectual and/or developmental disability are employed.

We need your support to provide hope for those individuals dealing with Autism each day.

We would appreciate any effort on your behalf to support our journey and improve the lives of those who are touched by Autism and disABILITIES. If you would like to donate to help improve the lives of Americans dealing with Autism, please contribute to our fundraising page.