Events News

Support Direct Support Professionals!

To all NYS families, please take a moment to watch this and please SHARE!! Our loved ones and families depend on the incredible people who provide vital day to daycare.

Call Governor Cuomo (518)474-8390 and say:
Direct Support Professionals( DSPs) need a fair living wage & a Cost Of Living Adjustment (COLA)
I am a (DSP, Parent, Self-Advocate, etc) and a supporter of #bFair2DirectCare/COLA then, tell your personal story.
Thank you!


Show your support! Attend LI Advocacy Network for Developmentally Disabled Legislative Brunch

February 8th, 2019
Friday – 11:00 A.M.
Multi-Purpose Room
O.P.W.D.D. Regional Office
415A Oser Ave., Hauppauge, N.Y.


Events News

NSASA Thanks All for Supporting Stand Up For Autism Comedy Event

A huge thank you to everyone who came out Saturday night to support the autism community! It means so much to our family and so many others. Thank you to everyone who volunteered, to everyone who bought tickets, to those who drove far to be there (esp the Hauppauge crew!), to everyone that donated, to all that helped clean up, and to everyone that made an effort to somehow make a difference for our kids. It was an awesome night!

NSASA families Jill Downing, Tom Emde, and Gavin Emde and Christa, Jack, Jimmy, and Nicky Lucarelli took part in a very special video for NSASA which was featured for the first time at the event:



Huge thanks to our Event Sponsors:

 – Court Jester – 

The Kessaris and Libertore Family

 – Stand Up Guy – 

Bridgehampton National Bank

Empire National Bank

AHRC Foundation

Arrinex Inc. 

CWA Local 1104  / Iallonardi Family

EJ Autism Foundation

Empire Bank

Lenox Hill Radiology + NY Partners

RBC / The Harvey Family

 – Wise Cracker –

Angel Guardians / Joe and Erin Messina

Empire Bank

Genesis / FAAP

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The Lucey Family


Philip P. Andriola / Andriola, Goldberg, and Associates

The Reek Family

Siena Tile / Comuzzi Family

Terry Thompson / Douglas Elliman Real Estate

– In-Kind Donors –

ARA Greek Kitchen and Bar

Arizona Beverages

Bellmore Wine and Liquor

Bogdanos Family

Bonefish Rockville Center

Cahill Strategies

Chrissy’s Cakes and Pops

Deb Stone / POP Earth

Donus Family

East Rockaway Veterinary Hospital / Dr. Richard Selkowitz

East Wind Long Island


Greek Orthodox Ladies Philoptochos Society

Greek Street / Chef Anthony Calderera

Hain Celestial Group

Harbor Deli Port Washington

Hint Water

Lessings Catering / Steve Kirschbaum

Luv Michael

Marinos Family

Michael Furino / Douglas Elliman Real Estate

Outback Merrick / Jenny Medina

Southwest Airlines

Titan Bakery



NSASA was delighted to honor Luv Michael Founders Dr. Lisa Liberatore and Dr. Dimitri Kessaris:

Events News

Emergency Responders 3rd Annual Autism Awareness Training

Attention Emergency Responders!

The Vocational Education & Extension Board of Nassau County invites you to attend:

3rd Annual Autism Awareness Training

Wednesday, April 18, 2018 at 7pm
Thursday, April 19 at 7:30am

Morrelly Center at the Nassau OEM Complex
510 Grumman Road W, Bethpage, NY 11714

Excellent Opportunity for all Emergency Responders

• Education on autism and how it affects individuals
• Different types of autism and helpful techniques needed
• Tools to help identify individuals with autism and sensory issues
• Calming techniques to help if restraints are needed
• Important tips on where to look when an individual with autism is reported missing
• And much more
Seating is limited to 175 people each session
Please call Nassau EMS Academy at 516-572-8530

Download, print and share the flier:


Outback With A Heart – Thanks to All For Your Help and Support

Thank you to all that supported Outback with a Heart! It was a huge success because of the team effort that was put into the event. Thank you, Jenny Medina, for the hard work, passion for our cause and dedication that goes into this event. You are the most amazing host and friend. You had an army of Outbackers who gave the greatest service to our crowd. You were a great general and the troops performed to the ultimate level. Jeff who stated this whole event for us we are going to miss you more than you can begin to know. This morning bright and early, Jenny will be taking her food handler’s course and driving that big Outback truck back up to Westchester. Thank you to my truly amazing board members that were there and helped tremendously, Krista Vaughan, Mary Campanella, Annette Lagan, Jim Mulvaney, and Dr. Lisa Liberatore. Thanks to Anne DePietro, Barbara Lucey, and Eileen Dilsilvio. Huge shout out to Scott Badesch the President of NSASA for flying up to the event and attending. Your leadership is second to none and we truly love the grass roots helping families today for a better tomorrow mission of the ASA. On a final note thank you to my Assistant Director Michele Iallonardi my partner in this event. I could not have done it without you and all your hard work, organization, and dedication.

– Suzanne Selkowitz-Reek, Executive Director



NSASA Day at the Movies – Thanks to Those Who Keep Us Smiling!

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Childen with autism and their families were treated to their very own day at the movies – two reserved theaters at Regal Ronkonkoma. The event was generously sponsored by Adelberg Montalvan Pediatric Dental and Orthodontics who also provided gift bags, popcorn, and snacks. NSASA is always thankful to the Long Island businesses that offer our kids fun and safe things to do. You can arrange an event by contacting us at (516) 404-2306 or by emailing Suzanne Reek  or Michele Iallonardi. You can donate to NSASA here.

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NSASA’s Fun in the Sun at Splish Splash

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Splish Splash of Calverton, NY opened their doors 2 hours early for 700 of our members, donated free parking and gave our special kids an afternoon of fun with a donation of over $20,000. For children with autism and their families, places like Splish Splash are not always an option but thanks to the generosity of the water park, NSASA’s kids cooled off on the many rides and pools.

Nassau Suffolk Autism Society of America arranges hundreds of these exclusive events for children with autism and their families through the generosity of our community. You can support NSASA with a donation here…

Special thanks to Splish Splash waterpark.


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Autism Families Take Over Adventureland for a Night of Rides Games and Fun


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Children line up for exclusive wrist bands

In an outstanding turnout of families and friends, the Nassau-Suffolk Chapter of the Autism Society of America had their very own night of fun, rides, and games at Adventureland of Farmingdale. Children with autism often have challenges enjoying places like Adventureland due to the loud crowds and long lines. Last night, the participation of the amusement park personnel demonstrated the park’s commitment to the community – one that rarely gets to enjoy such loud places. For a few hours, these families experienced what most take for granted.

adv land familyParents spoke of the wonderful impact that the NSASA has on their children. Whether its opportunities such as going to an amusement park or a picnic outing or a night at the movies, NSASA provides families whose children fall under the spectrum with a chance to do things that are often impossible.

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Michele Iallonardi and Suzanne Reek of NSASA

Many of the participants have been with NSASA for almost a decade, continuing their support for the organization that they say has changed their lives. NSASA’s membership is always growing as they plan more events to enhance services to their members. Suzanne Reek, Executive Director of the Nassau-Suffolk Chapter, has led the charge to ensure quality programming for all the children and parents she supports. With beautiful weather, joy, and laughter, the NSASA truly outdid itself at Adventureland.The event was made possible by the generous support of the Autism Awareness Committee of MacArthur High school of Levittown.

You too can support Nassau Suffolk Autism Society of America by clicking here.


Gala Fresh and Co. Supports Nassau Suffolk Autism Society of America

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Thank you Compare Foods / Gala Fresh and the Jorge family for their generous support of Nassau Suffolk Autism Society of America. The funds were raised at their Long Island stores during Autism Awareness month and matched by the Jorge Family.

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-judgemental, welcoming environment.

We count on the generous support of our Long Island community to bring these activities to families touched by autism. You can support us here…


Elmont School District Raises Funds for Nassau Suffolk Autism Society of America

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Members of Elmont School District raised more than $9,000 for Autism Society of America – Nassau Suffolk Chapter. The fundraiser was run by the ABA/Autism program under the leadership of Rhonda Lebit and the staff, students and teachers of Alden Terrace, Clara Carlsen, Dutch Broadway, Stewart Manor and Covert Avenue Schools.

“The Elmont school district has raised a total of $32,760 dollars for NSASA over the past seven years. We are truly grateful for the efforts and hard work of the teachers and staff of the ABA/Autism program in helping NSASA in our efforts to help more than 2000 families on Long Island. These funds will be kept locally and help families affected by autism in both Nassau and Suffolk Counties. These funds were raised by selling t-shirts, bakes sales, raffle prizes and other personal donations. It truly was a team effort of Clara Carlson, Alden Terrace, Dutch Broadway, Stewart Manor, Covert Manor and Gotham Avenue. This year’s donation of $9040 is a new record for the District.”

Suzanne Reek, President, NSASA