ICare4Autism’s partner organization, Shema Kolainu- Hear Our Voices, school and center for children with autism servicing all boroughs of New York held their 11th Annual Legislative Breakfast Tuesday July 9, 2013.
This year, the breakfast honored members of the City Council as well as State Legislature, for their outstanding work in the autism community. The Friedlander Group coordinated the breakfast, with Masters of Ceremony Menachem Lubinsky and Kalman Yeger.
ICare4Autism is dedicated to creating collaborations internationally to discover the etiology of autism. Shema Kolainu- Hear Our Voices is a school dedicated to servicing the children of New York City, across all boroughs, who are diagnosed with autism. Autism, as many are aware, is on the rise and awareness, advocacy, and support is crucial. The honorees of the breakfast have gone above and beyond to assist in this mission. Among the attendees were community leaders, philanthropists, and elected officials.
This year’s honorees included: Preston Niblack, City Council Finance Director– City Legislative Leadership Award, Diana Williams, News Anchor WABC-TV’s Eyewitness News at 5:00, Brad Gerstman, Esq.– Autism Awareness Appreciation Award, Chief Thomas M. Chan, New York City Police Department, Chief of Community Affairs– Community Appreciation Award, Patti S. Lubin, Senior Advisor and Senior Counsel- Office of Senator Kirsten E. Gillibrand– National Autism Advocacy Award, Carolyn Gehl Fefferman, Esq., Senior Advisor- Office of Senator Robert Menendez– National Autism Advocacy Award, Scott Stringer, Manhattan Borough President, and Pesha Elias Bikur Cholim D’Bobov– Hakaras Hatov Award.
Shema Kolainu- Hear Our Voices also expresses deep appreciation to New York City Council Members David Greenfield, Brad Lander, Melisa Mark-Viverito, and Mark Weprin.
Dr. Joshua Weinstein, founder of ICare4Autism, founded Shema Kolainu- Hear Our Voices with only three children. Today, hundreds of children are serviced through the organization. The 11th Annual Legislative Breakfast welcomed a diverse group of attendees, which is appropriate, as autism knows no cultural bounds. The support and advocacy for this population is important, and Shema Kolainu- Hear Our Voices would like to again thank those who are trying to help make a difference.