Sunday, February 14, 2010

Special Diets for Autism Fair

Beth Monterosso, Mary Hernandez, and Sabeeha Rehman at NAA NYM Booth

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On Feb. 9, NAA NY Metro's Staten Island branch organized a Special Diets for Autism Resource Fair sponsored by the PTA of PS 37R on Staten Island.

Mary Hernandez, NAA New York Metro's liaison for the Staten Island branch, was instrumental in organizing the event, making the arrangements, and involving and integrating the chapter's activities with that of PS 37 and PATH. Mary contacted all the merchants who came to provide samples and information about their products. Participating vendors displayed their wares and offer free samples of their foods to the visitors who stopped by. Six gift certificates from local merchants were given out as door prizes and many offered discount coupons.

NAA New York Metro had a booth and had the opportunity to highlight the services that the chapter brings to families, educators and caregivers affected by ASD. The PATH Family center gave a presentation on its new facility where it provides recreational, nutritional, and educational services, as well as biomedical counseling.

Mary had prepared give-aways - brown bags packed with donated goodies from health-food vendors, individually packaged. Attendees took home a nicely packaged gift-bag of goodies for their children to savor.

Many thanks to PS 37R for the opportunity and for hosting the event.

Great job, Mary.

Sabeeha Rehman

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