Eden II Program’s Annual Conference on Autism: Providing Effective Services for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders

Eden II Programs is having its Annual Conference on Autism at the Staten Island Hilton Garden Inn at 1100 South Avenue on October 21st and October 22nd.

This conference is designed to assist educators, psychologists, teachers and families develop more effective programs for individuals affected by autism. 

DAY 1:

  • Keynote Presentation: by Mary Jane Weiss, PhD “Building Social Comprehension: Selecting Strategies and Evaluating Success”
  • “Unlock Your Potential and the Potential of Those Around You: The Power of Positive Reinforcement” -Randy Horowitz, MS Ed SAS
  • “Understanding & Treating Challenging Behaviors” – Frank Cicero, PhD, BCBA
  • “Measurably Superior Instruction: Dirscrete Trial and Beyond” – Randy Horowitz, MS Ed SAS
  • “Enhancing Language Processing in Learners with ASD” – Joanne Greenser, PhD, CCC-SLP
  • “Scope and Sequence of Curriculum Sequencing: Some Important Considerations” – John Barnard, MS
  • “Behavioral Momentum” – Nancy Ferer, SAS


  • Keynote Presentation: “Fluency-Based Instruction for Learners with Autism” – Michael Fabrizio, MA, BCBA
  • “Give them Wings and Let Them Fly: Strategies for Promoting Independence” -Randy Horowitz, MS Ed, SAS
  • “Managing Staff Performance to Ensure Quality Autism Interventions” – Michael Fabrizio, MA, BCBA
  • “Supporting Individuals in Job Sites and the Community” – Daphna El-Itoy, PhD, BCBA
  • “Medications Commonly Prescribed for Individuals with Autism: Idications, Efficacey and Side Effects” Eileen Hopkins, PhD
  • “Augmentative Alternative Communication Usage for Individuals with Autism” Cassandra Mariano, CCC-SLP
  • “Getting Fit and Having Fun: Working Towards a Healthy Lifestyle” Randy Horowitz
  • “Issues Regarding Sexuality” -Frank Cicero


Contact Marissa Bennett: (516) 937-1397 Ext. 217

S.I. Developmental Disabilities Council Meetings

Wednesday, October 1st, 2008 @ 9:30 am



The meeting will be held at Choices Café 645 Forest Avenue

RSVP- James Allocco – james@onyourmark.org


Consumer Council Meeting will be meeting on

Thursday, October 2nd, 2008 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am


The meeting will be held at 930 Willowbrook Road, SI NY 10314 Building 12G – Conference Room

RSVP -Kathy Nowak – knowak@si.rr.com

Help Military Retirees Affected by Autism

Autism Society of America President and CEO Lee Grossman joined Congressmen Jim Moran (D-VA) and Jeff Miller (R-FL) last week as they announced new bipartisan legislation that would help military retirees get health care coverage for autism therapy at a Capitol Hill press conference.

“The Autism Society of America strongly supports H.R. 6930, the Military Family Autism Equality Act, which would provide quality care to families that have made tremendous sacrifices for our country,” said Grossman. “It also sets an example for insurance companies in the private sector, an important step toward getting all families and individuals affected by autism the appropriate, medically necessary care they need.”

As you know, ABA therapy has been shown to be effective in treating individuals with autism, and reducing overall lifetime costs. Unfortunately, the military retiree health program does not provide coverage for ABA. This policy leaves approximately 8,800 children with autism of military retirees without access to needed care.

The Military Family Autism Equality Act would correct this problem by allowing military retirees to receive coverage under the Department of Defense’s Extended Care health Option (ECHO). The ECHO benefit provides up to $2,500 per month with a maximum of $30,000 per year for this important therapy.

We need your help to get this important legislation passed. Send a letter to your representative asking him or her to cosponsor H.R. 6930, the Military Family Autism Equality Act.

The Autism Society of America

GRACE Weekly Update


TEL NO: 718-983-3800
FAX NO: 718-983-3858
Sunday, Oct. 5, 2008
12:00pm-5:00pm.  Goodhue Center, 304 Prospect Ave (Entrance on Lafayette Ave)
See attached flyers for details.

If you would like information on the

Grace Foundation Shared Raffle

please call 718-983-3800.

The drawing will take place at the Grace Foundation Annual Picnic.

Winner need not be present.

 FATHER’S NIGHT OUT – October 20th, 8:00pm.  Jimmy Max $25.00 per person.  Please call the Grace Office at 718-983-3800 to register


PARENT SUPPORT GROUPS –  REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED.  The second and fourth Tuesday of every month at 10:00am at 264 Watchogue Road, Staten Island.  Please call the Grace Office at 718-983-3800 to register. 

The Impact of Traumatic Experiences in Children / El Impacto de las Experiencias Traumáticas en Los Niños

Wednesday, October 1 – Noon to 1:00 pm / Miercoles, 1 de Octubre – 12:00 to 1:00 pm
Topic/Tema: The Impact of Traumatic Experiences in Children / El Impacto de las Experiencias Traumáticas en Los Niños
Presenter/Conferencista invitado:
Ellen Datner, Psy.D. Psychologist Child Protection and Development Center Bellevue Hospital / Psicóloga, Centro de Protección y Desarrollo de Niños en el Hospital Bellevue

To participate in any Your Child’s Mental Health conference call: Dial toll free 1.866.228.9900, then enter passcode 884742. You will be prompted for your name, but if you wish to be anonymous just say: “parent of a child under 18,” “provider,” or “other.” The call-in number and passcode are the same every month.

Para poder participar de manera gratuita en esta conferencia siga los sigientes pasos: marque el siguiente numero telefónico:1.866.228.9900, seguido por el código 884742; Inmediatamente le pedirán su nombre.  Pero, si desea participar de manera anónima sólo diga: “padre,””proveedor,” u “otro.” Este número telefónico y código será el mismo siempre que haya una conferencia.

Saturday Workshops at NAMI for Parents of Children with Mental Illness

Getting Appropriate Educational Services/Obteniendo Servicios Educacionales Apropiados Spanish Language Presentation

Date: October 25th
Time: 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Presented by Roberto Romero, Program Director, Resources for Children with Special Needs, Inc.
Roberto is Co-Director of the Center Without Walls, RCSN’s collaborative outreach, parent training and advocacy project with Advocates for Children of New York.

Bipolar Disorder Children and Adolescents: 
Diagnosis and Treatment, Parenting, Pharmacologic care, Psychotherapies

Date: November 15th
Time: 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Presented by Gregory T. Lombardo, M.D., Ph.D.
Dr. Lombardois a graduate of the Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons, and the author of Understanding the Mind of Your Bipolar Child.

To RSVP, call the Helpline at 212.684.3264.
All workshops are free and a light breakfast will be served.
A workshops will be held at

NAMI-NYC Metro – 505 Eighth Avenue, Suite 1103 at 35th Street

BAKESALE to Benefit the Power-of-Choice Program at PS 373R




On Wednesday and Thursday, September 24th and 25th, our MAIN SITE will be having a bake sale. Various items will be for sale; cupcakes, juices, chips, brownies, etc. Some items will be made by the students during Cooking Lessons in the Cooking Room and other items have been generously donated by the staff. Please send in money for your child to purchase items for snack time, or send in items for sale.

Proceeds from the Bake Sale will be used to fund Power of Choice Activities. Participation by staff and students will help make this a success.