Thursday, July 31, 2008

July 30, 2008

Somebody somewhere really loves our program. We have had incredible weather so far every Monday. Thanks everyone for your continued patience and support.

Here are some more pictures taken by Tom our volunteer.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

July 29, 2008

Thanks everyone for your cooperation. We had an increase in attendance and with everyone's cooperation it all went smoothly. I am always open to hear concerns, suggestions or ideas for improving our program. Our organization is entirely run by volunteers with a support of few select sponsors. Please show your appreciation by supporting these persons or organizations. As our program grows we will need to increase our funding. All suggestions are greatly appreciated. This year our big fundraiser will be in combination with the Holiday party. Irish Coffee Pub has generousely offered to donate the food again. We will be needing lots of raffle items and volunteers.

LOST AND FOUND: Please see me if you have lost any items during our program.

REMINDER: Our last sail date is August 25th and we will be having a pizza party. A donation of $10.00 per family would be greatly appreciated and please bring a dessert to share.

Sayville Yacht Club
Boylan Lane
Blue Point, NY 11715

**Sayville Yacht Club has generousely opened their doors to us as well as the use of the boats.

**Memebers: Warren Goercke, John Goercke, Joe Van Denburg, Sharon Boyle, Paul MacMenamin, Paul Able, Dominic DiCorscia and family and many others have been extremely supportive and helpful in making sure that our families enjoy the sailing program. We sincerely thank you all for your generous and kind heart.

Steven Taitz - Steven has been with us every week making sure our families get on and off the boats safely.

Roe Taroff Taitz & Portman, LLP
P.O. Box 352 31 Oak Street Patchogue, New York 11772-0352 (631) 475-4400-voice
(631) 475-9882-fax

**Special Needs Trusts

**Please call the office regarding legal needs for your special needs child/children.

**Steven has been with us every week making sure our families get on and off the boats safely.

Nassau Suffolk Chapter of Autism Society of America

**This organization offers many free activities for the whole family. **Please join our email listserv to keep in touch and learn when the next free movie or gym play are scheduled. Just send a blank email to: or email:

The Jamie Boeckel Memorial Fund
**This organization donated the beautiful life jackets. Please check out their website.

Tom McCarthy - he is the one taking the beautiful pictures

Rotary Club of Moriches -
Rotary Club of Patchogue -
Mattituck Lions Club -

Barry and Elizabeth - our wonderful volunteers. Barry had been with us for over three years and faithfully attends the swim and sail programs. Please take a moment to thank them.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

July 24, 2008

It seems that our program is growing and with that we will need everyone's cooperation.

* If your child is able to go swimming first that would help with the wait time.
* If your child is able to go on the boat by themselves - please encourage them to do so.
* Please make sure everyone has had a chance to go on the boat before going on again.
* This Monday Joe will be attempting to give some instructions to children that are able to take instruction.
* If you need a volunteer to go with your child, please let me know as soon as you arrive.
* For the new families - please make sure you sign a photo and video release. See me.

Following is an opportunity to raise some funds for our program. We are looking to continue to offer swim lessons as well as sail lessons for the future. When you do order - please make sure you mention the Autism Swim and Sail program.

Autism Swim Fundraiser Jewelry Sale

Featuring Jillary Designs Ray of Hope Autism Awareness Jewelry

20 % of the proceeds will be donated to Autism Swim

Master Card, Visa, cash & checks accepted

Monday, July 14, 2008

Sunday, July 6, 2008


NY state access handicapp pass allows you access to parks and beaches free most weekdays and discounts on weekends. You can also get discount campground fees as well. You will need the state access pass before getting the Suffolk county green card. There is also a national access pass as well if you plan on traveling around the country.

Following information is from the Cody Center
Limited space is available in the Summer Friendship Groups for children with Autism and related disorders between the ages of 6 and 16. The groups will take place on Thursday mornings and/or early afternoons during the summer (July 3, 10, 17 and August 7, 14, 21 and 28). The session will be facilitated by Sagit Vishnia, PsyD, who has been providing outpatient psychotherapy services at the Cody Center's Hampton Bays location. Interested parents must complete a Social Skills application and return it to Dr. Vishnia by fax to 631-632-3785. Please email all program questions to Thank you. Lisa-Beth PlataniaThe Cody CenterRoom 177 Putnam HallStony Brook NY