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December 29, 2014

Raise Awareness, One Month at a Time and All Year Long

Category: General — NYSID @ 4:18 pm

Throughout the year, several months raise awareness of the populations collectively served by NYSID, its member agencies and corporate partners, including mental health, developmental disabilities, and disability employment awareness. Another great example is National Autism Awareness Month, when we honor the contributions of individuals with autism to the social and economic well-being of our communities, our state and our nation.

Vincent Femia is a 29-year-old autistic who resides with his parents, Patricia and David, in New Hartford. A 2013 Joslin Outstanding Performer, he is currently employed by Progress Industries, where he assembles and packages products as part of a vocational program offered by the Oneida-Lewis Chapter of the ARC. This year, NYSID also sponsored Vincent through the ARC’s Charity Bib Program for the Utica Boilermaker 15k.

In celebration of National Autism Awareness Month last April, David Femia was delighted to share Vincent’s story.

The Autism Society has been celebrating National Autism Awareness Month each April since the 1970s in order to highlight the growing need for concern and awareness about autism. The United States recognizes April as a special opportunity to educate the public about autism and issues within the autism community. Today, autism prevalence is now one in every 68 children in America, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (1 in 42 boys and 1 in 189 girls). The prevalence of autism has more than doubled since 2002, when CDC’s estimate was 1 in 150.

Thanks to our member agencies and corporate partners for your assistance and your continued support during National Autism Awareness Month and throughout the year.


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