Classroom 1 headed to De Lea Sod Farms in Elwood, NY to pick pumpkins in preparation for Halloween. It was a crisp, clear morning and the students had the pumpkin patch all to themselves.
While they were having a brief break from their classroom day, they were still working on things like following group and individual direction and practicing waiting in line to make their purchases.
Some students chose the biggest pumpkins they could find!
While others chose more manageable sizes.
Not sure who had a better time – students or teachers!
Lugging pumpkins is hard work, but somebody’s gotta do it!
Pumpkin picking was a perfect break after a morning of classroom work for Classroom 1!
NSSA hosts A Special Night for Our Special Kids twice yearly at Adventureland in Farmingdale as part of its outreach to the greater autism community.
NSSA tries to schedule the spring and autumn events during program breaks to give our guests with autism and their families something to look forward to when there are few structured activities available.
In spite of rainy weather all day, the evening was lovely, dry and warm and families enjoyed their time at the park on September 28th.
Many families of a child with autism find going to an amusement park very challenging. Long lines and crowds can be especially difficult for these families. During NSSA’s events, Adventureland is closed to the general public and made available only to individuals with autism and their friends and families. Shorter lines and wait times for rides make it much easier for our friends with autism and more manageable and enjoyable for their families. Since the park is filled with people who understand and embrace autism, the atmosphere is very relaxed and suportive. We have heard countless times over the years that it is only during the NSSA events that many of these families would even consider going to an amusement park as a family.
Our next Special Night for Our Special Kids at Adventureland will take place Tuesday, April 23, 2019 from 7:30-10:30 pm. Raindate: Thursday, April 25, 2019 from 7:30-10:30 pm. You may call or email our office to be put on an email mailing list to get a registration flyer. Phone: (631) 462-0386; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
It was a perfect fall day for NSSA’s 20th Annual Golf Classic at the luxurious Old Westbury Golf & Country Club on September 24, 2018. Golfers on the rolling 27-hole course played under sunny skies….
…and the generous cocktail hour was served on the outdoor dining terrace overlooking lush green hills and trees.
Congratulations to the Classic winners.
Winning Foursome of Mike Romeo, Jr., Mike Romeo, Sr., Steve DeMaio and Nick Marks.
Second Place Team: Chris Brutalera, Nicke Neverette, Mike Sweeney and Lance Slingter.
Third Place Team: Richard Cooke, Mike Kildale, Scott Fitzgerald and Clayton Taylor.
NSSA received generous Sponsorship support for this year’s event. For a complete list of our sponsors, visit our Event Sponsors page.
We were delighted to honor Joe Longo, who has chaired this event for the entirety of its 20-year history, with a commemorative plaque.
In 2016 were pleased to add a second golf chair. Thank you Joe Longo (Barrasso & Sons) and Joe Winters (Winters Bros. Waste Systems) for your tireless efforts in helping to create such a wonderful event for NSSA.
We are extremely appreciative of all our golfers, donors, and volunteers for adding to the success of this event.
NSSA received some spectacular prize donations. Many thanks to Joe DeNicola for donating two customized menu Chef’s Tables at his popular Ruvo restaurant as Live Auction prizes. We also thank Old Westbury Golf & Country Club for a donation of a golf foursome as a Board Prize.
Thank you to everyone involved in this popular and success event – we hope to see you all again in September 2019!