Happy Birthday, Mr. Congressman

i May 30th No Comments by

After first meeting Congressman Steve Israel earlier this month at Jack’s Run, we were pleased to have him visit the Martin C. Barell School last week.

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He had a tour of the building and he met some of our students and staff, and got to see classes and programs in action. He also got to meet Tyler of BirthdayBack.




The Congressman seemed quite impressed with young Tyler and he promised to talk about his organization when he next spoke on the floor of Congress. True to his word, he did that very thing! (click image below to see video)

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When Tyler told the Congressman about his BirthdayBack organization, Israel shared with Tyler that his birthday was May 30 – today! So, Happy Birthday to you, Congressman Israel, from your friends at NSSA. We very much appreciate the support you’ve shown for Autism Awareness and for NSSA.


Kids Giving to Kids

i May 23rd No Comments by


We had a busy day here today at NSSA! Young Tyler F came to visit the school and hang out with his good friend Tyler W. Tyler F is an amazing young man who has an organization and Facebook page called BirthdayBack. After requesting charity donations instead of birthday gifts for two consecutive years, BirthdayBack was created on Tyler’s 10th birthday to inspire kids to Celebrate by Giving.

Earlier this year he posted this to his Facebook page:

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What a great kid! He was able to donate $900 to NSSA that he raised through BirthdayBack!

Today he came to visit and we were all thrilled to meet him. He even had a surprise meeting with New York Representative Steven Israel, who was also visiting the Martin C. Barell School this morning.



They exchanged contact information and Israel tweeted about their meeting. Tyler was very excited to know that 13,000 people were going to read about his Birthday Back organization!

He visited *our* Tyler’s classroom and hung out with the students for the afternoon.


We want to thank Tyler and his organization Birthday Back for the very generous donation he made to the school, and for just being an all-around great kid and role model!

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Teacher Appreciation Day at NSSA

i May 16th No Comments by

The NSSA Parent Association showed their appreciation for teachers this week by generously bringing a catered lunch and other goodies.

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Teachers and parents get to socialize over salads and wraps.

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Tokens of appreciation.

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Thank you, Parent Association, for your generosity!

Spring Has Sprung at NSSA

i May 9th No Comments by

We had a guest blogger earlier this week…Chris C.

Springtime has finally arisen with beautiful sunshine and the jolly good cheer of the students making Mothers Day cards with such enthusiasm.

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The kids and teachers are kindred spirits in a joyful mood playing outside.

Staff members posing with students in the cafeteria convey a warm sense of camaraderie with smiles on their faces.

Teachers are enjoying positive relationships with students with an incredible playfulness while working on the goals that need to be accomplished.

That is what goes on at Nassau Suffolk Services For Autism when the sunshine has finally come up with all smiles on everybody’s faces. If you have any more questions please feel free to contact myself regarding the blog.

Hello, Ruby Tuesday

i May 7th No Comments by

NSSA’s Adult Clients have many jobs in the community, practicing vocational integration and skill development.

Yesterday a team was at Ruby Tuesday’s for the “Weekly Sparkle,” where they take the chairs down off the tables, remove all the tabletop items, spray and wipe down tables, then reset the tables with menus, napkins, condiments, etc.

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The Team.

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M. takes chairs off tables.

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1 (6)A. & S. remove items from the tabletop and place them neatly on a chair.

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A. & M. spray and wipe tables clean.

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M. puts all the items neatly back in place on the tables….

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…and then surveys a job well done.