Central New York Chapter of the Autism Society
The Autism Society works everyday to measurably improve the quality of life for individuals and families affected by autism, providing information and resources for communities to be more aware of autism, promote acceptance, and be more inclusive in everyday life. Our local affiliate (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.
CNY ASA is one of approximately 80 affiliates of the Autism Society of America located throughout the United States. We serve our local community and comprise our own separate entity.
We continue to be about creating opportunity and options for all on the spectrum and our mission is to create a place where each person with autism is valued, respected and provided the opportunity to maximize their quality of life each and every day.
Autism Acceptance Month
April, Autism Acceptance Month, provided us with the excellent opportunity to educate the public about autism and issues within our autism community. The Autism Society celebrates differences as we work to build an inclusive society where individuals with autism live fully through connection and acceptance. This year, we acknowledged the shift from “Awareness” to “Acceptance” and advocated for lawmakers to federally designate April as Autism Acceptance Month. Acceptance is often one of the biggest barriers to finding and developing a strong support system. The Autism Society understands the importance of fostering acceptance to ignite change through improved support and opportunities in inclusive education, competitive employment, accessible housing, affordable health care and comprehensive long-term services and supports for those affected by autism.
With autism rates currently on the rise in children and adults in the United States living with autism, and many more who will be diagnosed, simple awareness will no longer suffice. While we will always work to spread awareness, the need for acceptance is greater than ever and we continue to strive for autistic individuals to live fully in all areas of life. The diagnosis rate for autism is rising by 10-17% each year. According to the CDC, 1 in 54 children are diagnosed with autism. This is up from 1 in 88 six years ago, and 1 in 125, just eleven years ago . We know that the need for services has continued to increase and we know that more people than ever before are living with autism and needing help.
Thank you to all those who participated in our virtual steps challenge in recognition of the month. We look forward to hosting our annual Walk during April 2022. Although April has come and gone, our local chapter will continue to support creating opportunity and options for all on the spectrum and our mission is to create a place where each person with autism is valued, respected and provided the opportunity to maximize their quality of life each and every day.
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Change for Change
Many thanks to R Wireless and its Change for Change initiative to benefit CNY ASA. During the months of May and June, customers will be asked to round up their purchases. R Wireless matches all donations, with 100% of the proceeds donated to CNY ASA. R Wireless is located at 113 Lawrence Rd. E., North Syracuse, NY 13212.