Acting County Executive Adele B. Reiter Announces That Ulster County Will Recognize Autism Awareness Day (April 2, 2019) And National Autism Awareness Month

Posted March 28, 2019

The Ulster County Office Building Will Be Lit Blue For The Month Of April

Kingston, NY - Acting County Executive Adele B. Reiter announces that Ulster County will recognize Autism Awareness Day by illuminating the Ulster County Office Building at 244 Fair Street in Kingston and the cupola at 1 Pearl Street in Kingston with blue lighting to highlight World Autism Awareness Day on April 2nd as well as for the rest of the month of April to highlight National Autism Awareness Month.  Every year thousands of landmarks, schools, businesses and homes unite by shining blue lights in honor of the millions of individuals and families affected by autism. 

Adele B. Reiter, Acting Ulster County Executive

“Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a developmental disability that is prevalent in our Country with more than 3.5 million Americans living with an autism spectrum disorder and approximately 1 in 59 children having been identified with autism spectrum disorder,” said Acting County Executive Adele B. Reiter.  “Autism Awareness Day and Month provide an opportunity to highlight the critical work of advocates, professionals and family members who assist those with autism every day; as well as the unique talents and skills of those children and adults living with autism spectrum.  We have incredible organizations and resources in Ulster County who strive to provide quality care, support or services to children and adults with ASD helping them to reach their full potential.  We are pleased to light our building blue and join others across the world to promote autism awareness.”

Dr. Carol Smith, Ulster County Commissioner of Health & Mental Health

“Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a developmental disability that can cause significant social, communication and behavioral challenges,” said Dr. Carol Smith, Ulster County Commissioner of Health and Mental Health.  “There is currently no cure for ASD. However, research shows that early intervention treatment services can improve a child’s development. If you think your child might have ASD, contact your child’s doctor and share your concerns.  At the same time, you can contact the Ulster County Department of Health Children with Special Health Care Needs/Physically Handicapped Children’s Program at (845) 340–3099.”

Michael A. Iapoce, Esq., Ulster County Commissioner of Social Services

"Autism, or Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), is a broad range of conditions characterized by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, speech and non-verbal communication that is a life-long developmental disability.  Research has shown that high quality early intervention can improve learning, communication and social skills," said Michael A. Iapoce, Esq., Commissioner of Social Services. “The Ulster County Department of Social Services Early Intervention and Pre-School Special Education Unit works closely with children, families, community providers, and school districts in accordance with NYS Department of Health and the NYS Education Department guidelines to help promote life-long positive outcomes. April 2019, National Autism Awareness Month, presents not only an excellent opportunity to promote autism awareness, autism acceptance and inclusion in schools and communities, but also encouraging everyone to appreciate and support the unique needs of the autism community."

Susan Buckler, Administrative Director and Co-Founder of Center for Spectrum Services

“Each year, we acknowledge Autism Awareness during the month of April. For the past 43 years, Center for Spectrum Services has provided the community of Ulster County and beyond with a wide range of programs for individuals on the autism spectrum (ASD),” said Susan Buckler, Administrative Director and Co-Founder of Center for Spectrum Services. “ASD is a complex developmental disability typically diagnosed during the childhood years. There is no cure for autism but early intervention and specific educational and therapeutic programs can make a significant difference on the outcomes for children. In Ulster County, we are fortunate to have the support of our county government in offering these services. Together, let us acknowledge those in our community with ASD and celebrate who they are and all they can do. Let’s focus on abilities, not disabilities.”

For services and more information on Autism and special events being held in April: