On April 2nd Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano lit the dome of the Theodore Roosevelt Executive and Legislative Building Blue for World Autism Awareness Day. County Executive Mangano then invited Autism advocates, and representatives of distinguished Autism programs to join him in proclaiming April as Autism Awareness Month.
County Executive Mangano presented Citations to Marissa Bennett who serves as Outreach Coordinator of Eden II Genesis and Diane Cahill Vice President of Government Relations for Gotham. County Executive Mangano remarked, “The work you do is priceless. It is so important that we continue to increase world knowledge of autism and the importance of early detection.”
County Executive Mangano also presented a Proclamation to one of Nassau County’s youngest advocates. Nine year old Kathryn Clyne worked along with her parents, Jean and Kevin Clyne, in creating a Facebook page called “Piece by Piece Bethpage” – which advocates for her younger brother and other children with autism. Through their efforts many businesses in Bethpage have placed a blue light in their windows for the month of April to show their support and awareness. Piece by Piece Bethpage along with Bethpage Nursery School and the Bethpage Public Library are partnering up to host a free family fun event on April 16th from 4p.m. to 6p.m. at the Bethpage Public Library. At this event, Michael Werner, the author of Aspey’s Adventures (Aspey has autism) will be reading his books to guests.
County Executive Mangano encourages everyone in Nassau County to follow Kathryn Clyne’s lead and place a blue light in their windows this month.
“By working together to raise awareness, hopefully we will see more children receive an early diagnosis and intervention,” said County Executive Mangano.