NSASA’s Social and Recreational Activities Enrich Lives of Children and Adults with Autism


April is Autism Awareness Month. Suzanne Reek, President of the Nassau Suffolk Chapter of Autism Society of America, explained the importance of the organization’s social events for people with autism. In addition, a new documentary, The United States of Autism, will be coming to Long Island and features a Long Island family.

Nassau Suffolk Autism Society of America

As an all-volunteer organization serving 1,400 Long Island families with an eight-parent board of directors, the Nassau Suffolk Autism Society of America holds social events across the island that bring families together. Since people with autism may have difficulty learning social skills and coping with their environment, it may be challenging for them to participate fully in their communities, explained NSASA’s Suzanne Reek. These events foster positive behaviors and coping skills that lead to greater community participation and inclusion for children and adults with autism. “We do our events in a welcoming environment, and our hopes are that kids can learn how to behave appropriately,” she said.

According to NSASA’s Web site, “The mission of the Autism Society of America is to provide lifelong access and opportunity for all individuals within the autism spectrum, and their families, to be fully participating, included members of their community.” The organization’s funds go directly toward its community-based programs.

New Autism Awareness Documentary, United States of Autism, Comes To Long Island

When: Thursday, April 25, from 7:30 PM – 9:15 PM
Where: AMC Shore 8
37 Wall St.
Huntington, NY 11743

Michele Iallonardi, a member of NSASA’s board of directors, is part of a new autism awareness documentary called The United States of Autism. The documentary features one father’s 11,000-mile, 40-day journey across the country, filming the life experiences of families with autism. Tickets are $10.

For more information about the United States of Autism documentary, or to purchase tickets, visit the documentary’s Long Island Web page.

For more information about the Nassau Suffolk Chapter of the Autism Society of America, or to join their mailing list of upcoming events, visit NSASA’s Web site.


  1. Hi:

    I live in Woodbury and I’m training to fight in the Long Island Fight for Charity which supports three long Island specific charities including The Genesis School for children and adults with autism.

    You can get a better idea of what the charity is all about as well as my role as fighter and fundraiser at my business blog here: http://thehallmarkabstractsentinel.com/2013/03/13/michael-haltman-of-hallmark-abstract-service-is-fighting-for-charity/.

    My question is whether you think that there is any human interest value in the story, particularly during Autism Awareness Month, that might help to drive donations.

    Let me know if you have any questions or might like to discuss it.



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