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Autism Spectrum Institute for Rockland?
Although there are still some Doubting Thomases about the Autism Spectrum pandemic, we know it is all too real.
The increase from one in every 10,000 births to one in every 150 births over the past 30 years is not just the result of a refinement of diagnoses, and I for one refuse to waste any more valuable time on arguing about it.
Instead, I am investing myself in the extraordinary leadership being expended by the Needelman Family, their Mindworks Charitable Trust Fund and Camp Venture in supporting research to find the real cause and earliest cure while sharing all available knowledge with the parents, siblings, grandparents, pediatricians, psychologists, educators and therapistsâ€”anyone who might possibly have any role in the lives of the people with Autistic Spectrum Disorders, slight or grave.
The Needelmans, Camp Venture and I are in the life saving business, not the soul-searching business.
How do we do it? By gatheringâ€”right here in Rockland Countyâ€”all the best scientific minds working on the pandemic from such prestigious institutions like Yale University, New York University, the New York State Office of Mental Health Nathan Kline Institute for Psychiatric Research, the New York State Office of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities Brain Research Center and the remarkable Autism Speaks organization to speak directly to all those people desperately seeking answers. Knowledge is power, and in this case, itâ€™s the power to do good.
Now we are taking it to the next level. We would like to create an Autism Spectrum Institute in Rockland to be at the service of the same folks all year round, and to have a focus site for all the scientists to interact with them. Our creative juices are flowing, our dreams running wild, our hopes high. We will keep you posted of our progress. Wish us luck.
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