Charles J. Fuschillo Jr.'s posts related to Developmental Disabilities

SENATOR FUSCHILLO & STAFF “LIGHT IT UP BLUE” IN SUPPORT OF AUTISM AWARENESS MONTH

     Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) and his staff recently “lit it up blue” to show their support for individuals affected by autism as part of Autism Awareness Month.

     Senator Fuschillo and his staff wore blue to work in support of “Light It Up Blue,” a global initiative organized by Autism Speaks to help kick off Autism Awareness Month. Individuals, businesses, communities, and iconic landmarks around the world “go blue” to help raise awareness about autism.

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SENATOR FUSCHILLO & ASSEMBLYMAN McDONOUGH SUPPORT “WALK NOW FOR AUTISM SPEAKS”

     Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) and Assemblyman David McDonough (R-North Merrick) recently attended the annual “Walk Now for Autism Speaks” at Jones Beach. Over 32,000 individuals participated in the walk to raise awareness and funds for research which aims to find a cure for autism.

     Senator Fuschillo and Assemblyman McDonough thanked the walkers for their efforts and congratulated Merrick resident Michael Giangregorio, who once again served as the Walk’s Chairman, on the most successful event yet. The walk is the largest in the country, according to Autism Speaks.

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SENATOR FUSCHILLO SPONSORS AUTISM AWARENESS EVENT

Quilt Display As Part of April “Autism Spectrum Disorders Awareness Month”

        Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) recently partnered with Autism Speaks in helping raise awareness about Autism Spectrum Disorders.

        Senator Fuschillo arranged for quilts made by Austism Speaks to be displayed in the State Legislative Office Building in Albany for three weeks as part of Autism Awareness Month. Merrick resident Michael Giangregorio, the father of an Autistic child and Autism Speaks’ Long Island Volunteer Executive Chair, helped Senator Fuschillo coordinate the quilt display.

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SENATOR FUSCHILLO COSPONSORS RESOLUTION DESIGNATING APRIL AS “AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDERS AWARENESS MONTH”

        Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) recently cosponsored a legislative resolution designating April as "Autism Spectrum Disorders Awareness Month" in New York State. The Senate passed the measure during a recent legislative session.

        "Autism is continuing to affect individuals throughout our communities. Recent estimates are that one in 88 children are affected by autism spectrum disorders. Designating April as ‘Autism Spectrum Disorders Awareness Month’ is another way to raise awareness about autism and the growing impact it has on families,” said Senator Fuschillo.

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Senator Fuschillo Votes to Designate April as "Autism Spectrum Disorder Awareness Month" in New York State

NYS Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. votes in favor of a legislative resolution designating April as "Autism Spectrum Disorder Awareness Month" in New York State.

Senator Fuschillo was a sponsor of the resolution.

Text of the Legislative Resolution:

LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION memorializing Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to proclaim April 2012, as Autism Spectrum Disorders Awareness Month in the State of New York

WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative Body to memorialize Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to proclaim April 2012, as Autism Spectrum Disorders Awareness Month in the State of New York; and

SENATOR FUSCHILLO’S AUTISM INSURANCE REFORM LEGISLATION SIGNED BY GOVERNOR CUOMO

Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) today announced that legislation he sponsors to enable individuals with autism spectrum disorders to receive insurance coverage for screening, diagnosis and treatment has been signed by Governor Andrew Cuomo. The new law will save families with autism tens of thousands of dollars a year in out of pocket costs for autism treatment and therapies which many insurance companies refuse to cover.

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SENATOR FUSCHILLO AND ASSEMBLYMAN McDONOUGH ATTEND AUTISM WALK AT JONES BEACH

Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) and Assemblyman Dave McDonough (R-North Merrick) recently attended Autism Speaks’ annual “Long Island Walk Now for Autism” at Jones Beach State Park. Over 30,000 people participated in the walk to raise money for research that aims to find a cure for autism spectrum disorders.

Senator Fuschillo thanked the walkers for their efforts and congratulated Merrick resident Michael Giangregorio, who served as Chairman of the Walk, on putting together a successful event. According to Autism Speaks, the walk raised over $1.3 million for autism research.

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Lt. Gov Duffy Applauds Senate Passage of Senator Fuschillo's Autism Insurance Reform Legislation

Lt. Governor Duffy applauds the Senate passage of autism insurance reform legislation, sponsored by Senator Fuschillo, which would enable individuals with autism to receive insurance coverage for the screening, diagnosis, and treatment of autism spectrum disorders. Senator Fuschillo thanks the Lt. Governor for supporting the legislation, which would give families with autism access to treatment coverage just like any other condition and ensure that they are not denied services solely because of an autism diagnosis.

Senator Fuschillo Votes for Autism Insurance Reform Law

New York State Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) votes to enact an autism insurance reform law which would enable individuals with autism to receive insurance coverage for the screening, diagnosis, and treatment of autism spectrum disorders. The legislation, which Senator Fuschillo sponsored, has been passed by the New York State Senate and Assembly.

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