Brooklyn Borough President’s Chief of Staff, Carlo Scissura, Visits Shema Kolainu – Nov. 15, 2011

Carlo Scissura talks with Dr. Weintstein about Shema Kolainu

Carlo Scissura, Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz’s Chief of Staff, visited Shema Kolainu – Hear Our Voices on Tuesday morning to learn more about the school’s many programs for children with autism and other disabilities. He was very enthusiastic about the school and the wonderful work that SKHOV is doing. Dr. Joshua Weinstein , the Founder & CEO of SKHOV and the staff discussed the school’s history, current achievements and future expansion.

Scissura meets a student of Shema Kolainu

Scissura toured the bustling classrooms and observation rooms of the first and second floor to interact with the preschool and school age students of Shema Kolainu respectively. Scissura was pleased with the appearance of the facilities and the level of care and direction the students received. “This is outstanding.” A tour of the third floor included a trip to the rooftop and vision of things to come. The addition of the third floor will allow for more classrooms, clinical evaluation rooms, computer equipment, a gymnasium and a domed rooftop playground to name a few.

Scissura meets with Dr. Weinstein and Shema Kolainu staff members

Scissura exudes a deep-seeded knowledge of Brooklyn and strong roots in his dedication to the community, particularly education. In 2013, he plans to step up as Brooklyn Borough President following his four-year tenure as Chief of Staff to Markowitz, while Markowitz considers running for mayor.

Service dogs for autism

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Cuomo signs bill for Autism funding

On November 1st 2011 Governor Cuomo officially signed the autism insurance reform bill into law. The bill was created in order to prevent insurance companies from using discriminatory practices with patients who have a diagnosis of autism, by ensuring that they receive the medical care to which they are entitled. Under the new legislation companies must provide coverage for evidence-based, medically necessary autism therapies including Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA.) This relieves a huge burden for parents and relatives who recognize the importance of these treatments and need to defray the high costs of therapy Continue reading

ICare4Autism meets with Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat about Global Autism Center

ICare4Autism Breakfast with Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat on Nov. 8, 2011

11/08/11 (NYC) – The International Center for Autism Research and Education (ICare4Autism), a New York City-based non-profit organization, held a special Breakfast event honoring the Mayor of Jerusalem Nir Barkat in a meeting with leading philanthropists and professionals in New York City at the offices of J. Morton Davis, Chairman of D.H. Blair Investment Banking Corporation on November 8th, 2011. Mayor Barkat spoke about the importance of Icare’s Global Autism Center on Mt. Scopus in Jerusalem, Israel, the first such center of its kind globally.  Co-Chairing the event was John A Catsimatidis, CEO of the Red Apple Group and Gristedes Foods.

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Where a child is tested could affect autism diagnosis, study finds

A recent study supports a growing number of autism experts who wish to diagnose those who meet certain criteria as having autism spectrum disorder. This would end any distinction between subtypes of autism such as Asperger syndrome and pervasive developmental disorder-not otherwise specified (PDD-NOS). Continue reading

Extra Brain cells show possible prenatal origin, study says

Researchers found children with autism have more brain cells in the prefrontal cortex, which deals with communication and emotional development, than children who do not have autism. This study suggests that autism in children begins during pregnancy as cells in this area of the brain develop during the second trimester. Continue reading