A Rainy Day at NSSA

i Apr 30th No Comments by

We’ve had a *lot* of indoor days due to the weather…but we still keep the students active with fitness schedules and games in the gym.

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The Gift of Communication

i Apr 23rd No Comments by


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Christie Godowski and Virginia A. Connell of Autism Speaks Long Island recently came to visit NSSA and generously donated two iPads for our students to use. “The use of the iPad and iPad 2 have made a significant impact on the students of the Martin C. Barell School and NSSA, ” according to Michael J. Cunningham, M.S., Ed., M.S., CCC-SLP, Coordinator of Assistive Technology Services. “Through the use of handheld mobile technology we have provided students with access to greater opportunities for recreation, leisure, instruction, and most importantly, communication.  We are able to provide students with an augmentative/alternative communication (AAC) system in a time efficient manner and conduct long term trials that emulate a variety of speech generating devices.  As iPads are commercially available and many students and families already have a personal system we can provide back-ups to all AAC systems so that it is available in the home, school and community while acquiring comparable speech generating devices.”

The iPad has proven to be an invaluable tool at the Martin C. Barell School as many of our students successfully use the devices for communication and learning.

Thanks, Autism Speaks, for giving our students more opportunities for communication!

Great things are done by a series of small things brought together ~ Vincent Van Gogh

i Apr 8th No Comments by

NSSA’s 22nd Annual Dinner for Our Children was just that – a great thing accomplished by the many actions of wonderful, generous, creative, caring people.

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Families, sponsors, donors, and staff all pull together to put on an event that guests will not only enjoy attending, but that will also help raise money to fund NSSA’s many services.It goes beyond words how much we appreciate all the support we get from people like you. Thank you for your time, your tireless efforts, your generosity, your smiles and hugs.

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We hope you had a wonderful time – we sure did!

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To view the rest of the evening’s pictures, click here.

Light it Up Blue for Autism Awareness

i Apr 4th No Comments by

In 2007, the United Nations declared April 2 World Autism Awareness Day, to encourage people and organizations to promote awareness of autism as a growing health issue by “Lighting It Up Blue.” Many well-known landmarks around the world went blue on April 2 in support of the cause.

Another purpose of World Autism Awareness Day is to stress the importance of early diagnosis and early intervention. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have named autism the fastest growing developmental disability in the United States. Just last week, the CDC reported that the number of autism cases is growing. It reported 1 in 68 children are on the autism spectrum, an increase from 1 in 88 children it had previously reported.

Here at NSSA, teachers, staff, students and clients did their part by dressing in blue for the day and for our annual “Light it Up Blue” group photo.

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How did *you* Light it Up Blue for Autism Awareness Day?