Monday, April 25, 2011

PBS 'NewsHour' shines spotlight on efforts of Bronx Autism school

PBS 'NewsHour' shines spotlight on efforts of Bronx Autism school

A Bronx school for children with autism stars on television tonight.

A PBS "NewsHour" segment at 7 p.m. features Public School 176X in Co-op City. It serves nearly 700 children with the disorder.

Part of a "NewsHour" series on autism hosted by legendary news anchor Robert MacNeil, the segment compares PS 176X with a small charter school in Manhattan that boasts one teacher for every student.

It also looks at the heart-wrenching impacts of the disorder on parents, such as Jesse Mojica, education director for Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr., and grandparents, like MacNeil.

"So often, we parents feel powerless to help," Mojica said yesterday. His son has attended PS176X.

Friday, April 8, 2011

Whiz Kid Cole Cook: Raising Money for Autism - Levittown, NY Patch

Whiz Kid Cole Cook: Raising Money for Autism - Levittown, NY Patch

The Elija School (Empowering Long Island's Journey Through Autism)- Levittown, NY Patch

The Elija School - Levittown, NY Patch

Empowering Long Island's Journey Through Autism

Established in 2006, the Elija School is located right next to the Levittown Community Church. This school is specifically for children with autism, as they offer many specialized and one-on-one programs for children of all ages. They have a fenced in playground in the back for the students to enjoy.

The Elija School also provides life skills and social classes. They play a key role in raising autism awareness in the community.

  • Hours: School is 12 months, full days
  • Handicap Accessible: Ramp accessible from parking lot
  • Public/Private: Private
  • Student-to-teacher ratio: 1:1
  • Parking: Free lot, On-street: free
  • How engaged is the school with the community?: Very, they play a key role in autism awareness and fundraising
School Website:

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

ISMILE School for Autism

Running long distance for autism school - River Cities -

ISMILE, which cleverly stands for Institute for Special Minds Interacting in Learning Environment, is a nonprofit outreach program in Miami Springs that strives to help children with autism discover their true abilities. It was created in response to the large demand for effective programs in South Florida helping parents with the expense of quality therapies.

“We started out five years ago with just four kids and we had up to 12 at one point and now have 10,” said ISMILE executive director Juliana Schaffer. “We’re very grateful to the folks here at Grace Lutheran who have been so generous to share their facilities with us and extremely indebted to Mr. Dominguez, who has offered up his running talents to help us raise much-needed funding.”