Wantagh, NY – Nassau Suffolk Autism Society of America is very grateful to Senator Chuck Schumer for his direct support in awarding NSASA $450,000 from the bipartisan Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2022.

NSASA serves over 5,000 families on Long Island, with a mission to support individuals with autism in our local community.

$250,000 will be used to develop a statewide training program for first responders when working with individuals with autism and other disabilities.

$200,000 will be used to provide instructors and materials to teach cooking, food preparation, and other skills required to work in a restaurant, cafeteria, or kitchen providing food service.

“Senator Schumer has always been a tremendous supporter of people with disabilities. This funding will directly impact the quality of life for thousands of adults in the Long Island autism community,” says Suzanne Reek, Executive Director of NSASA. “We truly appreciate his support”.

“I’m always working hard to bring federal resources back to Long Island, and this budget agreement is no exception. Whether it’s the infrastructure improvements in Long Beach and Hempstead, educational programming for our youth, money for small businesses to make needed improvements, or so many of the other projects I championed, I know this federal funding is a great investment and will benefit Long Island for years to come,” said Senator Schumer.

Through fundraising efforts, NSASA is able to provide free educational, social, and recreational opportunities to families touched by autism. NSASA organizes a variety of events including roller skating, private movie screenings, Outback Steakhouse luncheons, plays, bowling, and more.

NSASA supports 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, including members of their community.