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Join our local community as we recognize Autism Awareness Month at the CNY Autism Society's 13th annual "one piece at a time" Autism Awareness Walk!
  • When: Sunday, April 15, 2018
  • Time: Registration: 9:00, Walk: 10am.
  • Where: Long Branch Park, Liverpool, NY

What to do: There will be family-friendly activities at the Park for walkers to enjoy, vendor tables to visit with and 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 (additional information regarding the Fundraising link will be available in the beginning of March, which will go live then). 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 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!

Contact person:
Jean Leiker

Baldwinsville Hockey Pucks for Autism

Many thanks to Baldwinsville H.S. Junior Ryan Muscatello for organizing "Pucks for Autism" and the Baldwinsville Hockey Team for the charity hockey game on Saturday, January 27 at the Lysander Ice Arena, benefitting CNY ASA. Over $1,000 was raised at the event, and we are so grateful for this amazing show of support!

Autism Awareness Month 2017

Autism Awareness Month, April 2017, was an excellent opportunity to foster awareness and inclusion in our comunity, and draw attention to the tens of thousands facing an autism diagnosis each year, and increase the public's awareness on the day to day issues faced by individuals with autism and their families. While Autism Awareness Month has been recognized since the 1970's, and much progress has been made, there is so much more to be done to continue building Autism Friendly Communities, and go beyond simply promoting awareness to encouraging acceptance, inclusion in our communities, and a true appreciation for each individual's'unique talents and gifts, at the same time heightening the public's understanding of the valuable contributions of individuals with autism to our lives, through full community participation; learning, working, playing, and living as independently as possible. The reality is, individuals with autism can and do live integrated, complete, and successful lives in all aspect of their communities.

We thank everyone who helped make our 12th annual "one piece at a time" Autism Awareness Walk on April 29, 2017 such a wonderful event... what an amazing show of support from the community! Many, many thanks to the walkers, supporters, volunteers, and vendors for their invaluable roles in ensuring the success of this event! We would like to extend a special thank you to Newschannel 9's Beth Cefalu for emceeing at the Walk. We were pleased to again recognize Jamesville Dewitt's Tecumseh Elementary School's Learning Pad; Learning Pad members and friends served as our Walk Marshals and cut the starting ribbon, and was recognized for raising $1,000 to benefit CNY ASA at its Lemonade Stand earlier in April. In addition, we thank Pepsi and Wegmans for their generous donations. We also extend sincere thanks to LuLaRoe Missy Anne VIP and her members, who donated over 130 youth leggings, which were given out to walkers, and Team Jaylah, for facilitating the photo booth and prize spinning wheel, from which the proceeds were donated to CNY ASA.

Like our Facebook page and view the wonderful photos taken that day!

We also thank the following supporters of CNY ASA and our Autism Awareness Month efforts, including ADESA Syracuse, Camillus P.B.A., Gianelli Sausage, Holistic Blends, John's Auto Care, LuLaRoe Missy Anne VIP, PEPSI, Salina Ace, Tecumseh Elementary's Learning Pad, Van Duyn Center for Rehabilitation & Nursing, Wegmans, and Witty Wicks Candles. Many, many thanks!

As one of 89 affiliates across the U.S., we will continue to strive to be a resource for those with autism, their families, caregivers, friends, and loved ones, and a catalyst for change in the areas of advocacy and programs and services.

Inclusive Summer Camp Program
For Children with Autism

The 2017 CNY ASA summer programs were a great success! We hope to offer these during the 2018 summer and details will be released in early 2018.

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.

East Area YMCA @ SACC Room in Fayetteville, NY

Children must between the ages of
5-8 years old on July 1, 2018

North Area YMCA @ Roxboro Elementary School in Mattydale, NY

Children must be between the ages of
5-9 years old on July 1, 2018

Space is limited. Regular camp fees apply.

For further information or to request an application please contact

New Summer Camp
CNY ASA at East Area YMCA Sport Camp

CNY ASA is collaborating with the East Area YMCA to offer participation opportunities for children ages 9-13 with a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder at the East Area YMCA Sports Camp. This is a 4-week program, Monday - Friday, from 9:00am-2:00pm. This camp explores a variety of sports, games, and activities, and campers will be encouraged each day to try new things, as well as learn to work with others to accomplish individual and team games, and includes a weekly field trip. This is a pilot program available to children with a diagnosis on the autism spectrum. Availability of the program this year will depend on the interest and number of applicants. For further information or to request an application, please email

Learn more at

Summer Camps

CNY ASA is collaborating with the CNY Learning Disabilities Association's SAIL (Summer Adventures in Learning) program to offer participation opportunities for children ages 9-13 with a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder. This is a 6-week program, Tuesdays-Thursdays. Class choices include Reading, Study Skills/Writing, Math, Social Awareness, Tech, Art, and Music.

Learn more at Summer Adventures in Learning. For further information, contact Dianne Pennings at (315)870-9464 or email Registration does not guarantee participation. All applicants must be reviewed by CNY Learning Disabilities Association for consideration in this program.

This is an educational summer camp program available to children in need of additional support.

CNY ASA at Theater Arts Circus Camp

CNY ASA is collaborating with the Open Hand Theater's Circus Camp to offer participation opportunities for children ages 8-14 with a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder. This is a 2-week program, Monday - Friday from 8:30-5. Campers will participate in dance, comedy, art, and balancing activities. Learn more at Open Hand Theater

For further information and registration, contact Andrea Wandersee at (315) 476-0466 or email Registration does not guarantee participation. All applicants must be reviewed by Open Hand Theater for consideration in this program.

This is a summer camp program available to children in need of additional support.

CNY ASA Golf Tournament

CNY ASA hosted it's 4th annual golf tournament on September 10 at the Camillus Country Club. Once again, this event was a great success and a lot of fun for all who participated. Many thanks to Sergeant James Nightingale of the Camillus Police Department for his phenomenal job organizing this tournament and his ongoing support of CNY ASA. It was so nice to see so many familiar faces and then to add many new ones this year! Many thanks to all of our supporters for their generosity, including Dinner and Beverage sponsors Compu-Tech Software Services, Limelight Health, MODIS, The Roofing Guys, and GEICO, along with our hole and gift sponsors.

Our 2017 Hole Sponsors include:

  • Camillus PBA
  • Asil's Pub
  • Auburn Police Local 195
  • Award Winning Landscapes
  • Briggs Landscaping
  • Camillus Police Secretary Staff
  • Certifi, Inc.
  • Compu-Tech Software Services
  • Crete Scapes
  • Deli-Boy
  • Duncan Martial Arts Academy
  • Gasparini Landscapes
  • Gasparini Sales
  • Geddes PBA
  • Geico
  • Holbrook Heating
  • Home Depot - Camillus
  • Kianka & Zollo, CPA's
  • Limelight Health
  • Linda Mulherin, PGA Master Professional
  • Majorpalooza
  • Manlius PBA
  • Mowers Plus
  • Onondaga Sheriff OCSPA
  • Pie's Guys
  • Precision Lawn & Snow
  • Ripley Ashley
  • Solvay PBA
  • St. Luke's Church
  • Syracuse PBA
  • The Aubertine Family
  • The Deskin Family
  • The Roofing Guys
  • WatchGuard

Thank you all for helping us to enrich the lives of our local autism community! We hope to see you on the golf course next year.

iCan Shine Bike program

CNY ASA is pleased to be hosting the 2017 iCan Bike camp during the week of July 17-July 21.

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!

Registration is now open. Download application here

Additional photos can been found at CNYASA Facebook page

To learn more about it at

News coverage of the iCan Shine Bike program: News Channel 9 video

Research Study Opportunities

1. Attention parents of children with an ASD or Developmental Delay diagnosis:
Upstate Medical Hospital is in need of participants ages 2-6 for a study on a saliva diagnostic test for Autism Spectrum Disorder

For more information please go to:

2. 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

Camillus Police Benevolent Association

Many thanks to the Camillus Police Benevolent Association for their generous donation to CNY ASA! The Camillus and Geddes Police Departments participated in No Shave November, and in return for a donation, they were allowed to grow facial hair during the month of November. We are most grateful to these First Responders for all they do for us each and every day, and for their continuous support of our organization and their support of our local autism community.

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!  

With the help of its generous customers, John's Auto Care has supported CNY ASA for many years. John's is having an Autumn for Autism fund raiser with drawings for 6 baskets of fall goodness from Beak and Skiff. All proceeds are going to CNY ASA. Stop in to John's at 2045 Milton Ave. in Solvay and buy your chance to win and support our awesome organization!

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

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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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