Autism Speaks…NYC is listening! Come to the Kick Off Event at Jimmy Max in Staten Island for “Walk Now for Autism, 2009”


Save The Date – New York City Kick Off Events
The Kick Off is an informative event for those interested in learning about and supporting Autism Speaks and the NNJ Walk Now for Autism event. All team captains, walkers, and participants are encouraged to attend. New York City hosts kick off events in each borough. You can download a flier here for more information on the Kick Off in your borough. You can RSVP online here

Saturday, March 14, 2009 – Queens Kick Off, PS 177 from 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Saturday, March 28, 2009 – Staten Island Kick Off, Jimmy Max Pizzeria from 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Saturday, April 4, 2009 –  Bronx, Lehman College from 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Saturday, April 18, 2009 – Brooklyn, KeySpan Park from 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Thursday, April 23, 2009 – Manhattan, Heartland Brewery, Times Square from 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm



Saturday, March 7, 2009 – A Celebration of Teaching and Learning, NY Hilton, NYC
A highlight of some of the speakers included are: 
Temple Grandin – Developing Strengths and Abilities in People on the Autism Spectrum
Gary Meyerson – How Parents And School Districts Can Create Effective And Appropriate Educational Programming During An Economic Downturn
Panel Discussion: Peter Faustino, Lisa Goring, and Mike Mendelson – Supporting Students with Autism in the School Community
For more information about the speakers and sessions visit

Sunday, March 8, 2009 –
Join us for Autism Awareness Night with the NJ Nets.  Come out and watch the Nets take on the NY Knicks at the Izod Center in East Rutherford, NJ at 6PM.  Order your tickets TODAY via phone at 201-635-3125.  Be sure to mention Autism Speaks and receive a youth XL Yi Jersey with every ticket purchase while supplies last.  You can download a flier for more information.  Please help us spread the word!  You can help by printing copies of the flier and sharing it with your schools, township recreation departments and local public library.     


We need your help!  Please take a minute to register online at to receive advocacy alerts and updates on New York State legislation initiatives.  When an important initiative such as State insurance coverage for autism services is introduced or being voted on in New York State, you’ll be one of the first to know so you can help us take action!


Clinical Trials Study
Autism Speaks recently announced initial results reported for the first industry-sponsored trial of the Autism Clinical Trials Network (ACTN), the Study of Fluoxetine in Autism (SOFIA). These results showed that fluoxetine was not effective for reducing repetitive behaviors in children and adolescents with Autistic Disorder as compared to placebo (non-medicinal sugar pill). The study was carried out in collaboration with study sponsor, Neuropharm Group Plc., a specialty pharmaceutical company focused on neurodevelopmental disorders.
To read the complete press release click here

Autism Speaks….New York City is listening!!!

The 2009 New York City Planning Committee


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