ICare4Autism attends the 12th Annual Legislative Breakfast

L-R: NYS Senator Simcha Felder, Dr. Joshua Weinstein, CEO & Founder of ICare4Autism and Shema Kolainu – Hear Our Voices, Assemblyman Félix Ortiz

The 12th Annual Legislative Breakfast took place earlier today, Tuesday, July 9th, 2014, at the Renaissance Ballroom in Brooklyn, New York. This breakfast, which is hosted by Shema Kolainu-Hear Our Voices, school and center for children with autism, honored important figures in the community, such as elected officials, as well as civic and religious leaders.  ICare4Autism was proud to be a part of such an incredible event that focused on honoring the individuals that have made tremendous strides in improving the lives of those in the autism community.

ICare4Autism and Shema Kolainu both share a commitment in providing opportunities and resources for those on the autism spectrum. Each year, this breakfast honors members of the City Council as well as the State Legislature who have shown commitment and passion for helping those in the autism community.

The 2014 honorees include NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer, NYC Councilmember Brad Lander, NYS Senator Simcha Felder, NYC Councilmember Mark Weprin, NYS Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, NYS Assemblymember Helene Weinstein, NYS Assemblymembers Steve Cymbrowitz, Phil Goldfeder, and Dov Hikind. Recognition was also given to Mrs. Leah Steinberg, the Director of Project LEARN Special Education Affairs for the Agudath Israel of America, Jeff Leb, New York State Director of Political Affairs Orthodox Union, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr., and Larry Seiler from the Bronx Network Channel for his segment Special People Special Issues (SPSI).

The honorees and distinguished guests spoke about the hard work of individuals in the legislature that have pushed for funding and resources for autism community and more importantly the need to continue advocating on behalf of those children who need the support of therapists, teachers, parents, and community members alike. They stressed the fact that all children, whether they are on the spectrum or not, deserve access to a proper education that meets their appropriate needs.

Scott Stringer received the 2014 Appreciation Award, while NYC Councilmember Brad Lander received the Children Appreciation Award. NYS Senator Simcha Felder gave a special address where he emphasized the importance of advocacy and addressed the needs of those on the spectrum.

Dr. Joshua Weinstein, Founder and CEO of Shema Kolainu-Hear Our Voices and ICare4Autism, welcomed the guests at the start of the breakfast, thanking the honorees and other attendees for their support of the autism community. He also showed recognition towards their incredible efforts towards the progress of creating new opportunities for those on the spectrum. With thanks to their efforts, children on the autism spectrum are now receiving more of the attention and opportunities that they deserve.

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