The heartbreak and agony that Avonte Oquendo’s family has had to endure is one that I can’t even begin to imagine. Over the course of the past few months, Avonte became more than just a face on a missing poster.
An autistic 12-year-old boy who sprinted out of his Rego Park home Thursday was found safe in Brooklyn after a terrifying four hour search, police and family said.
Close to six weeks have passed and although Avonte Oquendo’s whereabouts are still unknown, the search continues as hope in finding the autistic teen remains strong. Avonte, 14, was last seen at the Center Boulevard School at 1-50 51st Avenue in Long Island City around 12:38 p.m. on Friday, October 4. There have been conflicting [...]
A Middle Village-based autism advocacy group hosted a fundraising fishing tournament and raffle that reeled in more than $350. Play4Autism, which seeks to engage children with autism in various sports activities, organized the tournament together with Pat’s Sports Bar on August 4, to fund events through the year for kids with the disorder. “Everybody had [...]
A darts tournament in Middle Village was a bull’s-eye for children with autism. Play4Austim, a nonprofit that provides sports and activities for children with the disorder, raised nearly $450 to support new programs at the event on July 13 at Pat’s Sports Bar on Metropolitan Avenue. “Everyone is coming in to have fun at the [...]
BY PETER SMERGUT The word “autism” conjures up many images and emotions. We have all witnessed the pandemic growth of this disability and it is hard to keep track of the incidents among newborn. Whether you subscribe to the 1/88 births or the more recent 1/50 births, the facts are clear, this is an extraordinary [...]
BY LIAM LA GUERRE Richard Henry moved to New York City two months ago in search of a new autism facility for his daughter. Fortunately, he won’t have to look any further. After a six-month delay following Sandy, about 200 parents, children, staff members and politicians attended the grand opening of the $5.9 million New [...]
A diagnosis of Asperger’s syndrome had no link to shooting suspect Adam Lanza’s decision to kill in cold blood, experts said. “The eyes of the world are on this wrenching tragedy,” said Dr. Valerie Paradiz, director of Autistic Global Initiative. “With 1 in 88 now diagnosed, misinformation could easily trigger increased prejudice and misunderstanding.” Lanza [...]
It was a win-win for anyone looking to get his car washed last weekend in Howard Beach. The Sixth Annual New York Families for Autistic Children (NYFAC) Car Wash raised money to go toward programs that help people with autism and to educate parents and relatives. For just $10 apiece, volunteers, including children with autism, [...]
A proposed group home in Bayside that will house eight individuals with autism was unanimously approved by Community Board 11 last week. Quality Services for the Autism Community (QSAC), a non-profit organization, is set to purchase the home at 78-42 Springfield Boulevard. QSAC — which has 21 facilities in Manhattan, Bronx, Queens and Nassau County [...]