NAA Upcoming Events

Autism Spring/Summer Fitness Fest with Eric Chessen, M.S.
Saturday June 7, 2014
Central Park - The Lawn Outside the Johnson Playground
67th St. and 5th Avenue, New York, NY
Please RSVP to

This hands-and-feet on event will include fitness and active play activities open to all age groups and ability levels. Leading some of the activities that he regularly uses in Autism Fitness programs, Eric Chessen will take parents and athletes through a morning of vigorous fun that will include fitness ropes, medicine balls, and more.

The event will feature an active group warm-up with animal-style movements including bear walks, frog hops, and T-rex stomps. From there, we will break into smaller groups to go through the fitness course which will feature stations of medicine ball throws to partners, fitness rope swings, hurdle steps, and Sandbell (weighted) activities. Fitness professionals trained by Eric will be on-site to assist.

Eric Chessen, M.S. is the Founder of Autism Fitness. An exercise physiologist with an extensive background in ABA, Eric has been developing and implementing successful fitness programs for individuals and groups over the last decade. In addition to working with his athletes, Eric consults and provides staff development, training, and programming for educational and fitness institutions around the U.S. He is the creator of the PAC Profile method and author of several e-books. His website is and his blog is

NAA NY Metro Chapter's Second Annual Night Out in Blue Fundraiser!
Tuesday, June 17, 2014
HB Burger
127 West 43rd Street
New York, NY

A fun night to celebrate our accomplishments and help us continue our efforts of providing resources and services to families affected by Autism.

Open bar with beer, wine and our signature drink!
Delicious hors d'oeuvres!
Lots of great raffle items!

Tickets are $100 per person and may be purchased here.

Invite your friends!!
If you can't join us please consider making a donation here.

We are also assembling raffle prizes and offering sponsorship - If you are interested or have any questions, please email or call us:
Shirael Pollack or
Peggy Becker

This year, we are excited to be implementing these initiatives:

First Responder Autism Training to the New York Police Department.
NAA NYM plans to continue into its third year and beyond this day-long training course taught by an international expert, helping the NYPD to more successfully respond to and work with those with autism when they encounter those individuals as missing/wandering individuals, witnesses, victims of crime, or otherwise. Cost of each training session is $2,500.

Sensory-Sensitive Summer Programs.
NAA NYM sponsors professionally run sensory-sensitive summer programs at the end of August for children ages 5 to 11 and tweens/teens ages 12 to 15, to bridge the gap between end of extended school year services and the start of the new school year in September. The cost of this program is $20,000.

Toilet Training for teens/young adults with autism.
Toilet training beyond the toddler years is tough topic to discuss and a tough situation for parents with teens and young adults who are not yet fully trained. NAA NYM plans to sponsor a two-day professionally run workshop to help families with this difficult challenge. We are still in the planning process but expect the cost of this program to be about $300 per child.

Adult Services conference.
As the number of children with autism grows so will the number of adults with autism. It is critical that parents know how to navigate the post-school world of adult services as more families need resources from an already over-taxed system. Parents need to learn about what they need to do to protect their child's eligibility for services, to set up a responsible financial plan for their child, and to create individualized programs that best meet their loved one's needs and fit their interests so that they can have the most fulfilling and productive life possible.

Helping Hand Grants.
We offer grants to families affected by autism to help pay for therapy and medical expenses not covered by insurance. Each grant is $1,000 and our grant pool for 2014 is $20,000.

Lauren Tobing-Puente, PhD Psychologist - NY Metro's Monthly Moderated Parent Support Group Meeting
(for parents only)
First Wednesday of every month
Time: 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Location: Watch Me Grow. 361 East 19th Street (between First and Second Avenue), NY, NY.
for more info go to Support Group page
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